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Development of a common national questionnaire to evaluate student perceptions about the Australian Rural Clinical Schools Program

Submitted: 8 September 2005
Published: 19 September 2005

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Author(s) : DeWitt DE, McLean R, Newbury J, Shannon S, Critchley J.

Dawn DeWittRick McLeanJonathon NewburySusan ShannonJennifer Critchley

Citation: DeWitt DE, McLean R, Newbury J, Shannon S, Critchley J.  Development of a common national questionnaire to evaluate student perceptions about the Australian Rural Clinical Schools Program. Rural and Remote Health (Internet) 2005; 5: 486. Available: http://www.rrh.org.au/articles/subviewnew.asp?ArticleID=486 (Accessed 17 October 2017)

ABSTRACT

The Australian Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing provided funds for the Australian medical schools to establish Rural Clinical Schools. This workforce initiative has enabled medical students to learn in a diverse range of rural and remote healthcare settings. A common questionnaire was developed and agreed on by all the directors of the Rural Clinical Schools. Use of this common questionnaire will facilitate reports on student attitudes and program outcomes, both within individual Rural Clinical Schools and at a national program level. The data analysis will inform the community and the Australian Government about the effectiveness of the national Rural Clinical School program in (1) meeting the primary aims of providing high quality rural medical education; and (2) addressing the medical workforce shortage in rural and remote areas.

Key words: evaluation, undergraduate medical education, medical workforce, Rural Clinical Schools.

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