Award for rural doctors project
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.”