ON CALL: Three of the medical students Andrew Wilson, Claire Ronaldson and Sarah Wykes.
ON CALL: Three of the medical students Andrew Wilson, Claire Ronaldson and Sarah Wykes. Julia Baker

Hospital grows young doctors

FIVE budding young doctors have arrived on the Western Downs ready to put their book smarts into practice at Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service (DDHHS).

The students from Griffith University Rural Clinical School will live in Dalby for the next year as they continue their training as a part of the Griffith University Queensland Rural Medical Education (QRME) Rural Longlook Program.

The students will work at Dalby Hospital, Karingal Nursing Home and Myall Medical Centre.

"Longlook Program trainees have made an excellent contribution as medical students at a number of DDHHS facilities, including Dalby Hospital and Karingal Nursing Home,” DDHHS Director of Medical Services Rural Dr Dan Manahan said.

"The number that have returned to contribute as young doctors, and now general practitioners, has supported and contributed to a very well-trained medical community.”

Griffith's University's Professor Scott said Dalby Hospital was one of the first hospitals to develop the innovative model of the Rural Longlook Program wherein students learn and work alongside the hospital's Rural Generalist doctors for at least a year.

Griffith University has a strong rural focus with a well-established rural clinical school and a dedicated entry to medicine for rural students.

Medical student Andrew Wilson said medical students who accept rural placements have an advantage over students who complete their practical training in city hospitals.

"It's the clinical experience that's the most important thing... it helps with your medical skills and becoming a doctor in the long run,” Mr Wilson said.

"We don't see as much specialised stuff here but in terms of your general rounding as a doctor it's really good framing.”


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