Flinders Rural and Remote Health South Australia holds a vital role in medical education, research and clinical education in rural and regional South Australia and western Victoria.
Rural health opportunities are available throughout the Doctor of Medicine program. To ensure all students have the opportunity to access the unique learning available in a rural setting, medical students undertake a rural placement throughout the course.
The MD Rural Stream provides students with an opportunity to work, learn and be part of a rural community for the third year of their course. Students experience the ability to develop and grow in skills through interesting clinical medicine in a supported learning environment.
Begin your MD Rural Stream (MDRS) experience with the opportunity to learn more about South Australian regions where Flinders University have campuses and clinical learning opportunities. You will be provided with information about the Flinders MD program in a rural context, supported by rural academics, clinical educators, and professional staff.
A chance to spend time with the MDRS cohort begins in the first year of the program with a week long immersion in your selected region where you will meet key staff, current students and develop an understanding about how your learning will be supported while getting to know the local area, health services and community.
As much as possible, MDRS students are allocated to a rural learning coach aimed at strengthening support for learning in the rural context.
Building on the year one rural experience, you will spend time in your respective rural learning communities with the MDRS cohort. Students have the opportunity to explore rural clinical learning environments, engage in the MD year two curriculum while immersed in the rural context.
They also continue to develop their relationships with local learning, teaching and support staff. MDRS students are encouraged to select an Advanced Studies research project that is rurally focused and supervised. Flinders rural academics provide ongoing research projects and student supervision to ensure successive groups of medical students can contribute to a particular research topic. This will ultimately provide long-term findings and benefits for local communities, while offering students important insights int o the health needs of rural communities.
More information: Advanced studies webpage
This is an opportunity to spend your whole year three based in a rural learning community, an exciting program based in the Riverland, Barossa Valley, Greater Green Triangle (GGT) or Hills/Mallee/Fleurieu (HMF) The opportunity to learn and consolidate skills aimed at preparing you for your Junior Doctor years are provided across years three and four of the MD program. The rural stream gives you access to supported learning with a hands on approach. You will be immersed in rural general practice, local hospitals and health services to learn about the approaches to healthcare in context of smaller communities. Supervising doctors will provide you with patient exposure and allow participation in supervised procedural work. The consulting and treatment rooms of rural doctors surgeries will provide a vital opportunity for you to observe a wide variety of medical conditions. Clinical learning opportunities are supported by lectures, workshops and small group teaching throughout the year.
To understand the benefit, rewards and challenges of living and working in a rural context you will have the opportunity to meet a broad range of skilled clinicians who have actively chosen a career in rural medicine.
More information: Rural Medicine
In year four, all MD students have the opportunity to undertake at least one six week rotation.
While opportunities are always increasing, rural rotations include general medicine, surgery, anaesthetics, psychiatry emergency or obstetrics/gynaecology in rural hospitals, Aboriginal health services and general practice.
Onsite rural clinicians provide structured teaching during these rotations. Virtual teaching and learning platforms are utilized to support the program.
Leaning opportunities are provided through participation at clinical meetings, visits to relevant agencies and observation of experienced practitioners.
Areas of placement may include:
Flinders is committed to improving health care in rural and remote communities by increasing the number of doctors working in these regions.
Applicants with an Australian rural background have an opportunity to study Medicine at Flinders via the:
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