Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Year 1 medical students: meet Bendigo and Mildura

A new generation of prospective rural doctors made their first visit to Bendigo and Mildura on Wednesday 18 April 2018, as part of Monash University’s long-term program to fill rural doctor vacancies.

Taste of Bendigo: Year 1 students take part in a simulation training exercise.
The 32 medical students began their studies in Melbourne in March, and will spend up to three years training in Bendigo, Mildura and towns throughout north-west Victoria.

Director of Monash Rural Health Bendigo, Associate Professor Chris Holmes, said the Extended Rural Cohort program which the students are part of particularly targets applicants who are from regional or rural Australia or have an interest in working there.

“It’s well known that medical students who come from rural areas, and any who are provided rewarding rural and regional placements are more likely to consider a career in rural practice,” said Associate Professor Holmes.

Mildura Academic Coordinator, Jenny Timmiss agreed.

“This visit aims to start that rewarding experience very early in their student career.”

Hosted by Monash medical students on placements in the Bendigo and Mildura hospitals, the new medical students will tour the hospital and student accommodation, take part in a simulated exercise in Monash’s high-tech simulation centres, and go on a walking tour through popular parts of Mildura and Bendigo.

Taste of Mildura: Year 1 students toured some of the sights as well as the hospital and Monash training facilities.

“In this short visit we want to make them feel part of the Monash Rural Health family right from the start of their studies,” said Ms Timmis.

“While these students are focussed on their foundation theory studies for the next two years, they’ll know what sort of welcome and opportunities await them here.”

Monash Rural Health has been training medical students in Bendigo for over 25 years and Mildura for over 17, with many of its graduates taking up rural practice all over Australia.

The aim of Monash’s regional and rural programs is to showcase the rewarding career and lifestyle opportunities available outside metropolitan cities and encourage graduates to return.

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