A junior doctor at a Wagga hospital has been awarded one of the highest honours for young medical professionals.
26-year-old Marianne Turner, who has worked at the Wagga Base Hospital since January, received the New South Wales Junior Medical Officer award for 2015.
Though thrilled to receive the award, Ms Turner said she is mostly grateful the hospital is being recognised for the work it is doing and said there are massive career benefits to working in a regional area.
"It' s really exciting, but I'm just glad the hospital and its doctors are being recognised through this award," she said.
"I think going rural is a really great decision and this award just shows that coming to a rural hospital isn’t a disadvantage for your career, it's a really positive step.”
The award recognises the work of a junior doctor who has made a substantial contribution to the hospital and its patients and worked cooperatively within the hospital environment.
After completing her final year of medical school working at the Wagga Base Hospital, Ms Turner chose to stay on for an internship and residency due to her positive experience.
"The teaching is fantastic, the consultants are great mentors and I thought it would be a really great opportunity to do more here," she said.
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