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MED­I­CAL stu­dents from the Uni­ver­sity of Queens­land ar­rived in Roma last week and, for some, it was their first visit to a ru­ral area.

The uni­ver­sity’s Ru­ral Clin­i­cal School act­ing head Bruce Char­ter said ven­tur­ing west taught fu­ture doc­tors in a unique way.

“Hav­ing the chance to live and ex­pe­ri­ence clin­i­cal practice in a ru­ral and re­mote com­mu­nity dur­ing a med­i­cal de­gree is a unique op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents and one that en­cour­ages them to practice ru­rally after grad­u­a­tion,” Mr Char­ter said.

“Even short ru­ral place­ments for oth­er­wise metropoli­tan-based med­i­cal stu­dents sig­nif­i­cantly im­proves their knowl­edge of and their at­ti­tude to ru­ral health is­sues.”

The most re­cent group of stu­dents spent a week of ori­en­ta­tion at Roma Hos­pi­tal and among them was Roger Goodyear, who will re­turn to Roma for an­other place­ment.

“I re­ally en­joyed my time in Roma,” he said.

“All of the doc­tors were brilliant, helpful and will­ing to show us the prac­ti­cal­ity of ru­ral medicine and how it dif­fers to a metropoli­tan set­ting.

“We got to see what a strong role ru­ral gen­er­al­ists play in the com­mu­nity.

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to head­ing back to Roma for my six-week ru­ral place­ment.”


READY TO LEARN: UQ med­i­cal stu­dents at Roma Hos­pi­tal for a week-long visit.

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