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Type: Journal article
Title: Surgical undergraduate education in rural Australia
Author: Bruening, M.
Maddern, G.
Citation: Archives of Surgery, 2002; 137(7):794-798
Publisher: Amer Medical Assoc
Issue Date: 2002
ISSN: 0004-0010
Statement of
Martin H. Bruening; Guy J. Maddern
Abstract: Hypothesis: Surgical undergraduate education in a rural setting is feasible and sound in terms of educational outcomes. Design: The final-year surgical curriculum at the University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, was restructured to include the option of a rural surgical term. Setting: Five provincial center hospitals in rural South Australia. Interventions: Forty-three final-year medical students undertook rural surgical clerkships in 1998. Main Outcome Measures: End-of-year results and subjective ward assessments were compared between the group of students who completed rural surgical terms and the remainder of the student group who participated in tertiary hospital-based electives. Subjective student feedback was obtained in a survey conducted by the Clinical Education Development Unit at the University of Adelaide. Results: No significant (P = .45) differences in examination results were noted between the rural and city groups. A significant (P<.01) finding was observed in the subjective assessments, indicating that it was more difficult for the rural group to obtain an A grade compared with the city group. The rural students ranked the level of teaching and supervision highly and enjoyed the overall rural experience. Conclusion: Surgical undergraduate education is practical in a rural setting and, for educational outcome, seems to be at least as effective as city-based surgical clerkships in preparing students for final examinations.
Keywords: Humans
Education, Medical, Undergraduate
Students, Medical
Rural Population
Urban Population
General Surgery
Description: Copyright © 2002 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
DOI: 10.1001/archsurg.137.7.794
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