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Med J Aust. 2008 Feb 4;188(3):177-8.

Vocational career paths of graduate entry medical students at Flinders University: a comparison of rural, remote and tertiary tracks.

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  • 1School of Medicine, Flinders University, Adelaide, SA, Australia. paul.worley@flinders.edu.au

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To provide data on the career trajectories of medical students from rural and remote workforce programs at Flinders University (the Parallel Rural Community Curriculum [PRCC] and the Northern Territory Clinical School [NTCS]), comparing them with students at the urban Flinders Medical Centre (FMC).

DESIGN:

Retrospective postal survey of all 150 graduates who undertook their Year 3 study in the period 1998-2000.

OUTCOME MEASURE:

Associations with career preference, assessed using univariate analyses and multivariate regression.

RESULTS:

PRCC and NTCS graduates were more likely to choose rural career paths than graduates from FMC. The odds ratios were 19.1 (95% CI, 3.4-106.3; P < 0.001) and 4.3 (95% CI, 1.2-14.8; P = 0.026), respectively, after adjusting for age and rural background. There was no difference in the specialty choices of graduates of the three programs.

CONCLUSION:

This study provides evidence that clinical attachments designed to increase the rural and remote medical workforce do fulfil this objective.

PMID:
18241180
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