Rural immersion for year 2 medical students

Year 2 students forming the word BEGA at South East Regional Hospital (A taste of clinical session) students relaxing at the end of a long day at Kianinny Bush Cabins (The art of story telling and listening session) Deb Ferguson (Rural Administration Officer) and Dr Erika Jaensch (Academic Coordinator, RCS Bega) welcome everyone to the bush dance at Kameruka Estate A sunset BBQ dinner at Kameruka Estate (the bush dance) staff, students and guests learn traditional bush dances with the Kameruka Bush Orchestra at the historic Kameruka Hall A student fine tunes their laparoscopic skills in the South East Regional Hospital theatres Dr Nathan Oates and A/Prof Caroline Stewart students discussing crisis management during a SIM session with year 2 students
15 November 2023

Each year, the year 2 medical students are given the opportunity to visit the ANU rural nodes across NSW including Bega, Cooma, Cowra, Goulburn, Young and Eurobadella, to immerse themselves in rural life and rural clinical work.

This year students focused on the role of rural doctors within the community and the considerations that apply to rural clinical practice.  In particular the issues of distance, access and services, across diverse patient needs.

At their allocated location, students undertook activities including medical service visits, clinical scenarios and community and social events and came away with an appreciation of rural medicine and positive aspects of working in a rural location, as well as having an appreciation for the skills required, difficulties and challenges such work may involve.

The students who visited Bega were kept busy with a rural GP panel discussion, rural specialist 'a taste of clinical' rotations, a session on the art of storytelling and listening, visits to local residential aged care homes as well as local health, medical and allied health businesses. They also enjoyed a get-together with local doctors, community and volunteer groups for a big bush dance at Kameruka Hall, and then finished up with a day on crisis management and clinical simulation.

Thanks to the dedicated team of ANU staff, clinical professionals and local organisations who work tirelessley to provide an engaging and deep learning experience for our students. At the Bega node, thanks to:

ANU:  Deborah Ferguson, Dr Erika Jaensch, Dr Andy Piotrowski, Dr Nathan Oates, Associate Professor AJ Collins

External Team Members: Dr Yin Lee, Dr Amelia Tan, Dr Russ McGoldrick, Dr Kat Francis, Dr Matthew Nott, Dr Prue Harrison, Cynthia Lloyd, Dr Geoff Thomas, Dr Grace Daley, A/Prof Caroline Stewart plus staff from local medical businesses, Local Rotarians, hospitality students from the Sapphire Coast Anglican College.