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Type: Journal article
Title: Increasing rural activity and curriculum content in the Adelaide University Medical School
Author: Laurence, C.
Newbury, J.
Wilkinson, D.
Citation: Australian Journal of Rural Health, 2002; 10(4):220-228
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Issue Date: 2002
ISSN: 1038-5282
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Caroline Laurence, Jonathan Newbury and David Wilkinson
Abstract: This study aimed to document the level of rural activity and curriculum content in the Adelaide University Medical School. A questionnaire was distributed to all heads of departments within the Medical School and additional information was obtained from reports and discussions with key personnel. There has been an increase in the proportion of students with a rural background enrolled from 9% in 1994 to 22% in 2000. There has also been an increase in the number of weeks available for rural placements from 12 (mostly optional) to 29 weeks (some mandatory), and an increase in the number of departments offering rural placements. There has also been improved academic support to rural practitioners and many departments directly provide services in rural communities. A new combined University Department of Rural Health (UDRH)/Rural Clinical School associated with the Adelaide University Medical School aims to provide at least half of all clinical training to 25% of all medical students of Australian origin.
Keywords: Humans
Education, Medical, Undergraduate
Schools, Medical
Rural Health Services
Medically Underserved Area
South Australia
Description: The definitive version is available at
DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-1584.2002.00412.x
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