Award for ru­ral doc­tors project

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - NEWS -

A scheme en­cour­ag­ing med­i­cal stu­dents to be­come GPs in ru­ral ar­eas has been praised for its in­no­va­tion.

In June, 14 first-year med­i­cal stu­dents from Aberdeen Uni­ver­sity were taken on a two-day ad­ven­ture into the Cairn­gorms Na­tional Park and given a taste of a ru­ral doc­tor’s life, meet­ing GPs, tour­ing com­mu­nity hos­pi­tals and en­gag­ing with pa­tients.

The project was joint win­ner of the In­no­va­tion in Pri­mary Care Award by the Royal Col­lege of GPs North East Scot­land Fac­ulty.

A video show­ing high­lights will be show­cased at the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s na­tional con­fer­ence of GPs in Liver­pool next week.

Dr Linzi Lums­den, a GP and se­nior clin­i­cal lec­turer at Aberdeen Uni­ver­sity said: “We’re de­lighted that this idea has been so warmly re­ceived by the stu­dents and by the lo­cal med­i­cal com­mu­nity at large.

“This award is fur­ther ev­i­dence that it is a step in the right di­rec­tion and I’d like to thank ev­ery­one who helped make the trip such a suc­cess.”

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