Developing a rural workforce through innovative medical education: it's different Down Under

Eley, Diann and Young, Louise and Baker, Peter and Wilkinson, David (2008) Developing a rural workforce through innovative medical education: it's different Down Under. Teaching and Learning in Medicine, 20 (1). pp. 53-61. ISSN 1040-1334


Rural Clinical Schools in Australia are a government initiative to help address the rural workforce shortage at the medical school level. This article reports on the approaches and outcomes from one Rural Clinical School. Description: The program is underpinned by an 8-week rural rotation for all 3rd-year students and a yearlong program of core clinical rotations for 25% of the Year 3 cohort. Aspects of experiential, situated, service, and self-directed learning along with interprofessional study are integrated to provide unique rural-focused learning opportunities. Evaluation: Compared to their urban counterparts, rural students see more patients, perform a greater number of procedures, and achieve as well in exam results. Conclusions: Early indications suggest that our program is attracting more Year 3 students to explore the rural pathway as an option to a future career. The program demonstrates that rural students achieve as well as their urban counterparts.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2010 12:39
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2014 06:07
Uncontrolled Keywords: rural; workforce; medical education; clinical schools; innovative; innovations; Australia
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920205 Health Education and Promotion
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/10401330701542677

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