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Altruism can no longer support community-based training

Jill E Thistlethwaite
Med J Aust 2006; 185 (1): 53-54.

To the Editor: The article by McGrath and colleagues summarised neatly the challenges facing medical education in Australia.1 One solution suggested by Crotty for meeting the training needs of medical students at a time of increasing student numbers and decreasing numbers of hospital inpatients is to move a greater proportion of medical education into the community.2 Internationally, many medical schools are adopting a more community-based curriculum,3 while in Australia, students are spending a greater proportion of their time in general practices and other community settings.

  • Jill E Thistlethwaite

  • James Cook University, Townsville, QLD.


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