Rural internship for final-year medical students

Tarun Sen Gupta and Richard B Murray
Med J Aust 2006; 185 (1): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2006.tb00462.x
Published online: 3 July 2006

To the Editor: Recent reports have highlighted problems with our capacity to teach medical students.1,2 Others have described workforce problems, calling for innovative approaches.3 The Rural Internship program at the James Cook University (JCU) School of Medicine may contribute to such strategies.

  • James Cook University, Townsville, QLD.


  • 1. Olson LG, Hill SR, Newby DA. Barriers to student access to patients in a group of teaching hospitals. Med J Aust 2005; 183: 461-463. <MJA full text>
  • 2. Jones GI, Alford KA, Russell UJ, et al. Removing the roadblocks to medical and health student training in rural hospitals in Victoria. Aust J Rural Health 2003; 11: 218-223.
  • 3. Brooks PM, Ellis N. Health workforce innovation conference. Med J Aust 2006; 184: 105-106. <MJA full text>
  • 4. Hays RB, Wronski I, Veitch J, McCloskey T. Intern choices for the first graduates of James Cook University [letter]. Med J Aust 2006; 184: 94. <MJA full text>
  • 5. Worley PS, Prideaux DJ, Strasser RP, et al. Why we should teach undergraduate medical students in rural communities. Med J Aust 2000; 172: 615-617.


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