Griffith University Fourth Year Medical Students are placed in the Queensland Rural Medical Longlook Program (QRMLP) in an extended rural placement program.  The program takes a longitudinally integrated, patient-centred approach to medical education.

The Longlook program is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training program.

2019 4th Year Rural Opportunities Presentation

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Introduction to longlook

By Alumni Student, Dr Lynsey Cochrane

Welcome to the Queensland Rural Medical Education Longlook program and congratulations on making it to the best part of medical school! The Longlook program is unlike anything else you will experience in medical school.original21

I completed my 3rd year at Warwick Hospital and my 4th at Oakey, and if I could go back in time, I would do it all over again. During my time with QRME I learnt more than I could ever have thought possible and this is largely due to the unique longitudinal nature of the program, allowing us to constantly reinforce and consolidate skills across the entire year instead of forgetting concepts after each 7 week block.

Longlook prepares you well for your exams but also beyond med school into your future careers. My ultimate reason for choosing Longlook was to feel confident to undertake internship and this is something I feel I definitely achieved. Coming together for hub days is extremely beneficial for learning but also social interaction away from your sites. In particular during second semester, the OSCE practice you will receive at hub days are invaluable so I encourage you to engage in the activities and participate fully.

Another of the many benefits of QRME and the Longlook program is the large number of staff who are always readily willing to assist students with any queries or concerns so please don’t hesitate to contact someone if you need help or guidance, myself included.

The program can be challenging at times but remember there are always learning opportunities available if you look for them – be pro-active. My biggest piece of advice would be to engage in your rural communities and not just focus on being a medical student. Be present, not just physically, and put your hand up for things in the hospital. You will be surprised how much you’ll be allowed to do if you show some enthusiasm and willingness to learn. You will be treated as part of the team and this is one aspect that makes this program such a special experience.

I hope you are looking forward to being here as much as we are looking forward to having you all. Put yourselves out there, make the most of every opportunity and most of all, and have fun doing it! Good luck for the year ahead!

What is longlook

Longloook is what the medical education literature refers to as a Longitudinal integrated Clerkships (LICs).  LICs have the following common core elements:

  • Medical students participate in the comprehensive care of patients over time.
  • Medical students have continuing learning relationships with these patient's clinicians
  • Medical students meet, through these experiences, the majority of the year's core clinical competencies across multiple disciplines longitudinally.

The Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC) model, is influential nationally and internationally, completely restructures students’ (and their patients’) experience of caregiving. This patient-centred redesign eliminates the traditional, short “block rotations.” Students see patients through all phases of diagnosis and treatment, including hospitalizations, discharge follow-up and even home visits.

Choosing Longlook

There are 2 different types of Longlook depending on your placement:

AMALGAMATIVE LONGLOOK

and

Blended Longlook Sites

Amalgamative Longlook

Overview of the year:

  • Block 7              Elective (with no orientation at G40)
  • Block 8 & 9       14 week block (with orientation by QRMLP at start of Block 8))
  • Block 10 & 11    14 week block

Each 14 week block is called a longitudinal  amalgam. Students will complete two amalgams during the year:

  • Amalgam EMCCO: Emergency Medicine and Critical Care 
  • Amalgam GPS: Rural General Practice and a Selective

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Got a Question? Contact a QRME Staff Member. Click Here.

Blended Longlook

A Blended Longlook student integrates the GP, EM, Selective & CC over 28 weeks after an Elective in Block 7.

Overview of the year:

  • Block 7                     Elective (with no orientation at G40)
  • Block 8, 9, 10 & 11   General Practice, Advanced Rural Selective, EM, CC

Joining the Longlook Program

Students should preference one of the following to join the Rural Longlook Program. Accommodation is available with financial contribution from student, which is $50 per week. 

Student Accommodation Policy

Griffith University Regional Accommodation Guide

Got a Question? Contact a QRME Staff Member. Click Here.

Information on practices for GPS can be found on the QRME website.

QRME Placement Sites

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Available locations Longlook

Blended Longlook

Allocated Site
General Practice Placement
Selective Options
Accommodation
Cherbourg Cherbourg Hospital
  • First People's Health
  • General Practice
  • Population Health
  • Medical Education
QRME share accommodation $50/week

Millmerran

Millmerran Multipurpose Health Service
  • Rural Generalism
QRME share accommodation $50/week

Oakey

Downs Rural Medical
  • Anaesthetics
  • ENT
  • General Practice
  • Medical Education
  • Research
QHealth share accommodation $50/week
Stanthorpe  My Family Medical
  • Rural Generalism
  • General Practice
  • Population Health
  • Medical Education
QRME student accommodation $50/week

 Amalgamative Longlook

Allocated Site
General Practice Placement
Selective Options
Accommodation
Beaudesert

Beaudesert Medical Centre

  • General Practice
  • Radiology
  • Selective as per G40 SOM selective process
QRME share accommodation $50/week

Dalby

Myall Medical Centre,

or

Jandowae Wambo Medical.

or

  • ATSI Health
  • General Practice
  • Medical Education
  • Research
QRME share accommodation $50/week

Goondir Health Service

  • ATSI Health
  • General Practice
  • Medical Education
  • Research
Kingaroy Taabinga Family Practice
  • Anaesthetics
  • Cardiology
  • General Practice
  • ICU
  • Indigenous Health
  • Medical Education
  • Retrieval Medicine (QAS/RFDS)
  • Research
QRME student accommodation $50/week
Gympie

Channon Street Medical Centre, 

or

Excelsior Medical Centre,

or

The Gympie Clinic

  • Anaesthetics
  • General Practice
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Women's Health
  • Rehabilitation (Cooroy)
  • Rehabilitation (Maleny)
  • Cardiology at Sunshine Coast Heart Specialists
QRME share accommodation $50/week
Warwick Condamine Medical Centre
  • Cardiology
  • General Practice / Skin Cancer 
  • Medical Education
  • Research
QRME student accommodation $50/week

 

Got a Question about Selective Options? Contact a QRME Staff Member. Click Here.

View Longlook Student Lauren Head's Photos