Rural Medical Education: Practical Strategies


Erica Bell (Editor) – University of Tasmania, Australia
Craig Zimitat (Editor) – University of Tasmania, Australia
Joav Merrick (Editor) – University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA

Series: Health and Human Development

The need to better prepare physicians for rural and remote practice continues to be a pressing issue in medical education around the world. Rural and remote communities continue to have unequal health outcomes and lower proportions of medical practitioners, and doctors continue to be poorly prepared for the challenges they face in these communities. Medical educators continue to experience difficulty accessing sound information about how to deliver courses that help meet these workforce challenges. This book offers a wide range of strategies for meeting education delivery challenges in the key areas of rural and remote workforce preparation.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Rural medical education
(Erica Bell, Craig Zimitat and Joav Merrick)

Introduction: Key challenges in rural medical education
(James Rourke)

Part One: Getting More Rural Students into Medical School pp.1-2

Chapter 1. Practical strategies for recruitment of rural and remote origin students, pp. 3-10
(Ntodeni N. Ndwamato)

Chapter 2. Redesigning undergraduate medical education to create a rural workforce, pp. 11-18
(Maggie Blackburn)

Chapter 3. Recruitment, retention and policy, pp. 19-26
(W. Michael Woods and Craig S. Corson)

Part Two: Integrating Rural Medicine into the Curriculum pp.27-28

Chapter 4. The development, administration and success of optional and required rural medical education experiences, pp. 29-48
(Michael L. Kennedy, Giulia Bonaminio and Tony Paolo)

Chapter 5. Integrating rural and remote health into the undergraduate medical curriculum: A rural education program for medical students at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, pp. 49-56
(Hoffie Conradie and Bob Mash)

Chapter 6. A curriculum model for rural medicine at the undergraduate level, pp. 57-66
(Craig Zimitat)

Part Three: Learning Experiences for Medical Students

Chapter 7. Key factors ensuring quality of rural placements, pp. 69-84
Tarun Sen Gupta, Maggie Grant, Clare Jukka and Torres Woolley

Chapter 8. Integrating learning through rural medicine: A case study, pp. 85-92
(Ian Couper and Nontsikelelo Sondzaba)

Chapter 9. Curricular design: A place-based strategy for rural medical education, pp. 93-102
(Randall Longenecker)

Chapter 10. Rural medical education in the WWAMI region: Instituting a rural longitudinal medical school curriculum in association with a rural longitudinal integrated community clerkship experience, pp. 103-114
(Jay S. Erickson)

Chapter 11. Tailoring a community-based learning programme for undergraduates to the specific needs of the region, pp. 115-122
(Hans-Joachim Hannich)

Chapter 12. A 21st century curriculum for a 40-year-old rural medical education program: The rural physician associate program (RPAP) at the University of Minnesota, pp. 123-132
(Gwen Wagstrom Halaas and Kathleen Dwyer Brooks)

Chapter 13. The rural communities placement program, pp. 133-144
(Alison Miles)

Part Four: Faculty Development and Support for Rural Doctors

Chapter 14. Practical tools for rural education: Integrating technology into the teaching-learning process, pp. 145-160
(Kathy Reavy, Mary Hereford and Kelley Connor)

Chapter 15. Creating ‘the rural pathway’: Australia’s University Departments of Rural Health and Rural Clinical Schools, pp. 161-172
(Erica Bell)

Part Five: Connecting Education to Recruitment and Retention in Rural Communities

Chapter 16. Adding value to rural and remote health education through community engagement, pp. 175-184
(Stephanie De La Rue, Helen Dries, Catrina Felton-Busch, Russell Hawkins, Lynette Kretschmann, Lakshman Liyanage, Maree Nichols, Dennis Pashen and Heather Volk)

Chapter 17. A general pediatrics and family practice liaison: An educational consultation model, p. 185-192
(Jacob Urkin, Joav Merrick and Aya Biderman)

Part Six: Acknowledgments

Chapter 18. About the editors, pp. 195-196

Chapter 19. About the University Department of Rural Health, pp. 197-198

Chapter 20. About the Medical Education Unit, pp. 199-200

Chapter 21. About the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, pp. 201-204

Chapter 22. About the health and human development book series, pp. 205-207

Index pp.207-214

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