Coping with increasing numbers of medical students in rural clinical schools: options and opportunities
Eley, Diann S., Young, Louise, Wilkinson, David, Chater, Alan B., and Baker, Peter G. (2008) Coping with increasing numbers of medical students in rural clinical schools: options and opportunities. Medical Journal of Australia, 188 (11). pp. 669-671.
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• The critical shortage of the rural medical workforce in Australia continues.
• There is pressure on medical schools to produce not only more doctors, but to supply them in geographical areas of need.
• The latest policy to tackle these problems will increase medical student numbers while the supply of clinical teachers and patients for teaching remains static.
• This challenges the traditional apprenticeship model for learning medicine.
• Coupled with this is the requirement of medical schools to provide compulsory rural clinical placements for all students.
• The success of rural clinical schools and University Departments of Rural Health (UDRH) is increasingly apparent, but they must find new strategies to maintain a quality clinical experience and exposure to rural lifestyle for all medical students.
• The dilemma is providing this quality rural experience to all medical students in the immediate future.
• We suggest approaches to meet this challenge at a policy, organisational, student and teaching level.
|Item Type:||Article (Commentary)|
|Date Deposited:||02 Nov 2011 06:26|
|FoR Codes:||13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 100%|
|SEO Codes:||93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9304 School/Institution > 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions @ 100%|