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|Title:||Surgical undergraduate education in rural Australia|
|Citation:||Archives of Surgery, 2002; 137(7):794-798|
|Publisher:||Amer Medical Assoc|
|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.|
Education, Medical, Undergraduate
|Description:||Copyright © 2002 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.|
|Appears in Collections:||Aurora harvest 7|
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