The Queensland Rural Medical Education Longlook Program is an extended rural placement program open to 3rd and 4th year medical students enrolled at Griffith University. The program takes a longitudinally integrated, patient-centered approach to medical education.
A longitudinal approach means students work in a rural hospital for the year completing all curriculum requirements throughout the year rather than in short-term based rotations. For learning, the advantage of this approach is to see and participate in longitudinal care of chronic disease and other conditions that evolve, develop and are managed over longer periods than a term rotation.
Being integrated means that the students work within the rural health team, learning as they go, supervised by on-site junior doctors, registrars (training specialists) and specialist rural generalists and general practitioners. Longlook students also have a unique opportunity to see patient medical care integrated from primary care in the community through to specialist care and back to their community.
A patient-centred approach recognizes that the majority of learning occurs from seeing and learning from patients in a safe environment. Students readily cover the curricula for these years of medicine learning around their work practicing to be ready for internship on graduation.
3rd and 4th Year students are offered the opportunity to complete their clinical year at one of the Griffith Rural major training sites in rural southern Queensland. The hub of the program on the Darling Downs is in Toowoomba, though students only visit this location for teaching and learning. Students are based at Kingaroy, Dalby, Warwick, Stanthorpe and Beaudesert hospitals for third year Longlook placements. Fourth year students complete primary care placements for general practice and emergency medicine in Murgon and Kingaroy, Oakey, Kingsthorpe, Pittsworth, Clifton, Warwick, Inglewood and Goondiwindi. They experience critical care, orthopaedics and anaesthetics in these centres, but also visit Toowoomba Hospital, St. Andrew’s and St. Vincent’s hospitals in Toowoomba, to see this care link up to specialist tertiary care.
Griffith Longlook students have the opportunity to work with rotating University of Queensland and James Cook University students on short term placements in these major training sites supported by Griffith Rural Health.
The Longlook program is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training program.
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