Spirits high despite soggy start to Rural Week

Stormy weather near Bega Students receive a briefing @ Bega Meeting Dr Nathan Oates @ Bega It may be wet outside but the students are all smiles @ Bega The ANU Rural Clinical School caps came in handy when the sun finally appeared @ Bega Learning to plaster @ Goulburn Learning to plaster @ Goulburn Learning to suture using pig trotters @ Goulburn Learning to suture using pig trotters @ Goulburn. The concentration! Blood pressure check @ Goulburn Blood pressure check @ Goulburn Welcome to students by Mayor of Cooma. Tea with members of the CWA @ Cooma Emergency services exercise @ Cooma Emergency services exercise @ Cooma

This week, our year 1 Doctor of Medicine and Surgery students are being introduced to rural medicine. Students have been allocated to visit one of five locations, either Goulburn, Cowra, Cooma, Young or Bega.

The week provides a mix of social and clinical activities and also gives students the opportunity to spend quality time and develop stronger relationships with their peers.

Social activities have included yoga and meditation classes, dinner with local residents and doctors, a visit to a wildlife park and a picnic lunch at Mount Kosciuszko.  Clinical activities have included visits to to the local hospital, learning to plaster, suture and take blood pressure, and an emergency services exercise includng a mutli-car collision with fire.

Photos of the week so far can be see in the photo section above.