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Development of Mentoring and Support Programs for Junior Doctors in Rural Settings to Promote High Quality Educational Outcomes

The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine was awarded a grant through the MTRP to examine issues of supervision and mentorship in rural and remote Australia.   

The completed project responded to the need for a larger cohort of teaching practices to meet increasing demand for high quality experienced training in rural and remote medical settings. Consultation rounds encompassed junior doctors, and their supervisors training in rural community settings, members of rural education networks in terms of their current and preferred role in supporting high quality training, and current accreditation and regulatory organisations contributing to the support of rurally based junior doctor training.

The project clarified the support requirements, in terms of teaching and administrative resources for supervisors and mentors in rural placements. It also produced valuable data to assist roll-out of the Australian Curriculum Framework and national planning by Postgraduate Councils for support of rurally delivered junior doctor training. As an additional benefit it provided enhanced understanding of those components of community placements seen as contributors to excellence by supervisors and junior doctors.

This project was completed in June 2008. To veiw report click here

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