READY TO LEARN: Griffith University medical students are ready to work alongside doctors at Kingaroy Hospital.
READY TO LEARN: Griffith University medical students are ready to work alongside doctors at Kingaroy Hospital. Claudia Williams

Medical students ready to learn at country hospital

FROM next week there will be six new faces at Kingaroy Hospital ready to provide the best care for the people of the South Burnett.

The Griffith University students will be working under the supervision of senior medical staff this year learning through clinical experiences while continuing their study.

Jacqui Holland is looking forward to taking on the unique challenges and experiences that comes with working in a rural town as a student in the Queensland Rural Medical Education Rural Longlook program.

"I am most looking forward to the hands-on aspect of the learning because compared to the metro hospitals we get to do a lot more one-on-one with senior doctors so I think that will be quite valuable in the end,” she said.

"I have heard of the great reputation of the hospital and the teaching, also there is heaps of things to do in the region.”

Kingaroy Hospital was one of the first hospitals to develop the model of the Rural Longlook program and Kingaroy Hospital Director of Clinical Training Doctor Brendan Carrigan said the program not only benefited students but also had a positive impact on rural health.

"We know that early positive experiences in rural education is associated with increased rates of retention of doctors in rural areas. I think getting early positive exposures to as many students as we can is beneficial to our community going forward,” he said.

"It is good to have medical students with early exposure to rural medicine because even if they don't go on to become a doctor in a rural area they understand the unique challenges that we have in a rural location which can improve the access to care for patients.”

Throughout the year the students will get experience in each area of the hospital from working in the wards to the emergency department

"I feel like there will be experiences that you will not be able to get any where else looking at the number of beds, wards and the number of opportunities here,” student Shaun Cheok said.

"People who have been here before have told us about the great experiences they have had.”

To see what the rural students are up to follow Queensland Rural Medical Education on Instagram and Facebook at QRMEau.

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