Urban Community Based Medical Education - General Practice at the core of a new approach to teaching medical students

Sarah Mahoney, Julie Ash, Lucie Walters

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    Abstract

    Background: The benefits of community based medical education for both students and teachers are becoming increasingly clear. Rural programs offering year-long general practice based clinical training for medical students are well established and highly successful. Urban general practice teaching is currently more likely to be based on short term placements. Objective: To describe a new model for urban community based medical education - the Onkaparinga Clinical Education Program - and to discuss its impact on general practitioners, community based specialists and other stakeholders. Discussion: New approaches have been used to successfully translate rural community based medical education models to the urban setting. There is significant potential for urban community based medical education to be extended if adequate support and funding is available. Programs that allow students to access the rich patient care environment of community practice in urban areas can be rewarding for all involved.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)631-636
    Number of pages6
    JournalAustralian Family Physician
    Volume41
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

    Keywords

    • Community based medical education
    • Education, medical, undergraduate
    • General practice
    • Students, medical

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