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 ID: 18400
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 1326-5377
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%
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