Vocational career paths of graduate entry medical students at Flinders University: a comparison of rural, remote and tertiary tracks

Vocational career paths of graduate entry medical students at Flinders University: a comparison of rural, remote and tertiary tracks Journal Article

Medical Journal of Australia

  • Author(s): Worley, P, Martin, A, Prideaux, D, Woodman, RJ, Worley, E, Lowe, M
  • Published: 2008
  • Volume: 188

Abstract: Objective: To provide data on the career trajectories of medical students from rural and remote workforce programs at Flinders University (the Parallel Rural Community Curriculum [PRCC] and the Northern Territory Clinical School [NTCS]), comparing them with students at the urban Flinders Medical Centre (FMC). Design: Retrospective postal survey of all 150 graduates who undertook their Year 3 study in the period 1998–2000. Outcome measure: Associations with career preference, assessed using univariate analyses and multivariate regression. Results: PRCC and NTCS graduates were more likely to choose rural career paths than graduates from FMC. The odds ratios were 19.1 (95% CI, 3.4–106.3; P < 0.001) and 4.3 (95% CI, 1.2–14.8; P = 0.026), respectively, after adjusting for age and rural background. There was no difference in the specialty choices of graduates of the three programs. Conclusion: This study provides evidence that clinical attachments designed to increase the rural and remote medical workforce do fulfil this objective.

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Worley, P, Martin, A, Prideaux, D, Woodman, RJ, Worley, E, Lowe, M, 2008, Vocational career paths of graduate entry medical students at Flinders University: a comparison of rural, remote and tertiary tracks, Volume:188, Journal Article, viewed 12 June 2024, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=12999.

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