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Clinical placement and rurality of career commencement: a pilot study

Submitted: 8 March 2008
Revised: 8 June 2008
Published: 23 July 2008

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Author(s) : Schoo AM, McNamara KP, Stagnitti KE.

Adrian Schoo

Citation: Schoo AM, McNamara KP, Stagnitti KE.  Clinical placement and rurality of career commencement: a pilot study. Rural and Remote Health (Internet) 2008; 8: 964. Available: (Accessed 17 October 2017)


This article reports on a project that aimed to discover whether rural placement can influence new graduates to take up rural positions, and what factors play a role in the decision-making. This pilot study reports the findings from a pre-survey of students (n = 110) who completed a questionnaire at the end of their rural placement in the Greater Green Triangle region, Australia. Findings are compared with matched questionnaire responses for students who subsequently completed a post-survey after graduation and who commenced work (n = 28). Rural placement appears to be associated with commencing rural practice after graduation. More graduates with an urban home address commenced rural practice than graduates with a rural home address who started their careers in the city. Longer placements may sway those with a city background to start work in a rural area.

Key words:  clinical placement, rural/urban origin, undergraduate students, workforce.

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