The value of a rural medicine rotation on encouraging students toward a rural career: Clear benefits from the RUSC program

Eley, Diann and Baker, Peter (2009) The value of a rural medicine rotation on encouraging students toward a rural career: Clear benefits from the RUSC program. Teaching and Learning in Medicine, 21 3: 220-224. doi:10.1080/10401330903018468


Author Eley, Diann
Baker, Peter
Title The value of a rural medicine rotation on encouraging students toward a rural career: Clear benefits from the RUSC program
Journal name Teaching and Learning in Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1040-1334
1532-8015
Publication date 2009-07
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10401330903018468
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 21
Issue 3
Start page 220
End page 224
Total pages 5
Editor Jerry A. Colliver
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
920506 Rural Health
939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Formatted abstract
Background:  The Australian government has addressed rural medical workforce shortages through strategies such as the Rural Undergraduate Support and Co-ordination program, based on the premise that increased exposure to rural medicine within the curricula will contribute to more students adopting a rural career.

Purpose:  This article reports on how an Australian Rural Clinical School is meeting the aims of this initiative. Methods: Year 3 students (n = 463) from 10 eight-week rural rotations in 2005-2006 evaluated the content and value of rural lectures/workshops and a 6-week rural clinical placement.

Results:  The aggregate results suggest overall favourable evaluation of the various components of this rotation.

Conclusions:  A rural rotation can encourage students' interest in and understanding of rural medicine. The longitudinal nature and ongoing evaluation of this program may in time provide more conclusive evidence for this. Challenges such as increasing student numbers, decreasing clinical placements, and logistically complicated programs remain. Research toward alternatives to a “real-life” rural experience may be needed.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2010 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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