Journal article

A short-term rural placement can change metropolitan medical students' knowledge of, and attitudes to, rural practice

Julian R Wright, Lisa Bourke, Catherine J Waite, Thom A Holden, Jenni M Goodwin, Anne L Marmo, Maxine L Wilson, Helen E Malcolm, David Pierce

MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA | AUSTRALASIAN MED PUBL CO LTD | Published : 2014

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To determine whether a short-term placement of metropolitan medical students in a rural environment can improve their knowledge of, and change their attitudes to, rural health issues. DESIGN AND PARTICIPANTS: Medical students taking part in the March and May 2013 3-week Rural Health Modules (RHMs) were invited to participate in focus groups and complete questionnaires before undertaking the RHM, after a 2-day rural orientation and at the end of the RHM. Students were asked to comment on a range of issues affecting rural health care including their attitude to pursuing a rural career. Focus group transcripts were thematically analysed and questionnaire data were statistically analy..

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