Med. stu­dents in Deni

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS -

Stu­dent doc­tors Lucy McCrum and Damian Gill are learn­ing the ropes of ru­ral med­i­cal prac­tices.

The med­i­cal stu­dents are in De­niliquin as part of a two-week gen­eral prac­tice place­ment, which sees them shad­ow­ing lo­cal doc­tors.

The stu­dents say the ex­po­sure to De­niliquin’s health ser­vices has given them a greater un­der­stand­ing of the skill and pa­tient di­ver­sity as­so­ci­ated with coun­try ar­eas.

Mr Gill, 22, is in his fifth year of medic­i­nal stud­ies at the Univer­sity of NSW Al­bury cam­pus and is work­ing along­side De­niliquin’s Dr Ian Dum­brell.

‘‘The place­ment al­lows us to spend time with GPs and learn what it means to be a ru­ral GP com­pared to those based in the city,’’ Mr Gill said.

‘‘I’ve no­ticed there is more de­mand for ru­ral GPs with broader skills, and it’s in­ter­est­ing to see how they ad­dress dif­fer­ent pop­u­la­tion needs.’’

Mr Gill said he has en­joyed a few walks along the Ed­ward River, and de­scribed the lo­cals as ‘‘friendly and wel­com­ing’’.

From Lee­ton, Ms McCrum is com­plet­ing her first ru­ral place­ment with a gen­eral prac­ti­tioner.

The 23 year-old is shad­ow­ing De­niliquin doc­tor Mar­ion Magee, and like Mr Gill, is also in her fifth year of study at UNSW.

‘‘It’s in­ter­est­ing to see the scope of prac­tice in re­gional ar­eas com­pared to the city — there is such di­ver­sity,’’ she said.

Both stu­dent doc­tors thanked their host doc­tors and the com­mu­nity for their sup­port and hos­pi­tal­ity.

To­day is the fi­nal day of their first week in De­niliquin.

Med­i­cal stu­dents Lucy McCrum and Damian Gill are spend­ing two weeks in De­niliquin as part of gen­eral prac­tice place­ment.

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