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Aust Fam Physician. 2016 Oct;45(10):754-757.

Urban general practice and medical education: Academic outcomes from a unique urban, longitudinal integrated community-based program.

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MBBS, is Senior Lecturer, Flinders University and Academic Coordinator, Onkaparinga Clinical Education Program, Adelaide, South Australia.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

In 2009, Flinders University established an urban, community-based, longitudinal integrated program providing medical students extended placements that offered continuities of patient care, clinical supervision and peer group.

OBJECTIVE:

The aim of this research was to analyse academic outcomes of the new placement program.

METHODS:

The results of all students undertaking Year 3 exams from 2011 to 2014 were collected and analysed. The Years 1 and 2 exam results for students in the new program were also analysed.

RESULTS:

Students in the new placement program achieved significantly higher grades than those who undertook the traditional rotations program, with aver-age scores of 69.05, compared with 66.45 (P = 0.03). Analysis of average class ranking for students who undertook the new program showed a statistically significant improvement from 59th in class to 48th in class (P = 0.03).

DISCUSSION:

This evaluation shows that an urban, community-based, longitudinal integrated clerkship centred in general practice provides at least academically equivalent outcomes to traditional rotations-based programs.

PMID:
27695727
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