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Reply to Comment on: Rural Generalism and the Queensland Health pathway - implications for rural clinical supervisors, placements and rural medical education providers

AUTHOR

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Scott Kitchener1
FAFPHM (RACP), Medical director *

CORRESPONDENCE

* Scott Kitchener

AFFILIATIONS

1 Queensland Rural Medical Education, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

PUBLISHED

13 October 2013 Volume 13 Issue 4

HISTORY

RECEIVED: 26 August 2013

ACCEPTED: 28 August 2013

CITATION

Kitchener S.  Reply to Comment on: Rural Generalism and the Queensland Health pathway - implications for rural clinical supervisors, placements and rural medical education providers. Rural and Remote Health 2013; 13: 2799. Available: www.rrh.org.au/journal/article/2799

AUTHOR CONTRIBUTIONS

© Scott Kitchener 2013 A licence to publish this material has been given to James Cook University, jcu.edu.au


full article:

Dear Editor

Thank you for the opportunity to respond to this valuable comment by the Rural Generalist team1 on my recent publication2. Part of the great success of this program has been the collegial nature of effort between the employer, training provider and placement, as evidenced in these considered comments.

One point on which more discussion is clearly needed is the nature of merit-based selection. Comments regarding coaching for very junior doctors were raised in relation to the manner in which we currently select. Selection for programs should be based on merit, specifically motivation and commitment to rural practice, and the ability to learn. Whether the current system of selection for the Australian General Practice Training is consistent with these is open to discussion.

Scott Kitchener FAFPHM (RACP)
Queensland Rural Medical Education
Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

References

1. Sen Gupta TK, Manahan DL, Lennox DR, Taylor NL. Comment on: Rural Generalism and the Queensland Health pathway - implications for rural clinical supervisors, placements and rural medical education providers. Rural and Remote Health 13(3): 2765. (Online) 2013. Available: www.rrh.org.au (Accessed 22 August 2013).

2. Kitchener S. Rural Generalism and the Queensland Health pathway - implications for rural clinical supervisors, placements and rural medical education providers. Rural and Remote Health 13: 2359. (Online) 2013. Available: www.rrh.org.au (Accessed 22 August 2013).