Wednesday, 1 February 2017

East Gippsland training site welcomes 2017 medical students

Health services across East Gippsland have been gearing up to host 70 Monash medical students throughout 2017, in placements lasting from two weeks to a full academic year.

Welcome: some of the medical students who are starting studies in Bairnsdale this year, with Associate Professor David Campbell (far right).

Director of Monash Rural Health East & South Gippsland and local GP, Associate Professor David Campbell, said it was an exciting time for students as they embark on various stages of their medical studies. “Our staff will ensure a smooth start to the year for the students, many of whom will be coming to East Gippsland for the first time”, Associate Professor Campbell said.

The Monash Rural Health Bairnsdale site will host nine students in their second year of clinical studies, including two at Bairnsdale Medical Group, one at McLeod Street Medical Centre, two at Cunningham Arm Medical Centre, two at Gippsland Lakes Community Health and two at Orbost Medical Centre. Students will be in tutorials at Monash Rural Health Bairnsdale most Mondays and Fridays and in their allocated medical practices on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays.

Throughout the year, Bairnsdale Regional Health Service will host 11 final year medical students who will undertake six-week placements in aged care, emergency or surgery. Ten students in their first year of clinical training will also be rotating - four at a time -  through Bairnsdale Regional Health Service from Sale. They will spend four weeks at a time in surgery and medicine.  

An additional forty students in their second year of study will undertake two-week placements in May and September.

“Monash Rural Health East Gippsland provides many opportunities for medical students to develop their knowledge and skills, and to engage with the East Gippsland community. Students are exposed to a variety of learning experiences under the supervision of local clinicians and clinical supervisors within teaching facilities at our academic sites, in local general practices and the local hospitals,” Associate Professor Campbell said. 

East Gippsland's integrated clinical education program is unique within the University, and students value the opportunity for the one-to-one supervision and mentorship from experienced rural doctors that is a feature of the program. Students here for the full academic year will have the opportunity to contribute to local sporting, arts, environmental and other community activities, as well as seeking local part-time employment.

“In East Gippsland we have an established track record of our students returning as doctors to work in the area. We are proud of our contribution to the health of the East Gippsland community and our contribution to the local medical workforce,” said Associate Professor Campbell.

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