Selected Year 2 medical students have the opportunity to spend a half day for 13 weeks based in general practices in either Semester 1 or 2, in addition to their normal weekly MD learning activities.
This offers them additional patient contact to that provided by limited hospital ward time in a supportive, one-on-one teaching context. In addition, it allows students to experience continuity of patient care; to view the complexities of managing patients with multiple problems in the community; and to develop their clinical skills in history taking, physical examination, management, follow-up and prevention, across the broad range of patient presentations spanning all disciplines.
Underpinning this program is the recognition that much healthcare is conducted outside teaching hospitals, and that this presents an opportunity for more medical education to occur in the community setting.
Students have been enthusiastic about their experiences in the Urban LInCC programme and indicate that it has enhanced their clinical skills and their understanding of their future role as clinicians.
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Administrative Coordinator: Jocelyn Selwood
Academic Coordinator: Dr Margaret Henderson