Griffith University Year 4 Medical Students are placed in the Queensland Rural Medical Education Longlook 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
What is longlook
Longlook is what the medical education literature refers to as a Longitudinal integrated Clerkship (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 hospitalisations, discharge follow-up and even home visits.
In our Longlook program student integrate the General Practice, Emergency, Critical care, Orthopedics and a Rural Generalist selective over 28 weeks. All rural students complete an Elective in Block 7 which does not have to be in a rural area.
Overview of the year:
- Block 7 - Elective (with no orientation at G40)
- Block 8, 9, 10 & 11 General Practice, Advanced Rural Selective, EM, CC
Sites for 2021
**Subject to change**
|Site||Proposed Number of Students|
|Total number of students||26|
Selectives are clinically-based, closely supervised placements which generally allows the medical student to perform in a “junior-intern” role. This is in contrast to the elective which allows a student to pursue an area of clinical interest.
Students will be allowed up to 5 days of clinical attachment, in a rural area, outside of their clinical site as part of their selective rotation. This may be allocated as part of a block (ie 5 days) or as a recurring session (eg 1 day a fortnight). The remaining time will be spent at your site performing the roles of a rural generalist. Students will be able to nominate one area of interest (eg general medicine) and will need to provide a learning plan including the relevance of the selective to rural health. These applications can be submitted via QRMe-learning after the second week of the new Block. Once applications are received, the clinicians supervising the selective will be contacted to organise the logistics of a placement. Please be aware that we are limited by accommodation and clinician availability.
Accommodation is available with a financial contribution from the student, which is $50 per week. To view what accommodation is available at each site, navigate to the placement site page and a link is available there.
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.
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!
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