Aberdeen University Medical School have just released this video to report on a project which enabled first year medical students to experience rural general practice. A new initiative by the University, made possible by a donation from Mr Joe Officer, saw 14 first year medical students taken on a two day adventure to Cairngorm national park and the surrounding area, to speak to those working in rural practices and to see first-hand the benefits of living and working in the countryside.
It’s increasingly recognised that career advice is essential for the earlier stages of medical school. Role modelling and creating career aspirations early on can be hugely helpful to students who are thinking about their future career options. As exposure to rural general practice tends only to be available in the later stages of medical school, this project highlights some of the reactions of students who were given the opportunity to learn more about Rural GP earlier on in their careers.
It’s pretty eye opening just how much can be done in a rural setting when you have a purpose built GP hospital
Kudos to Aberdeen University for recording the experience in such a vibrant and professional manner, and to the students for giving such articulated reflections and comments through the video too. Maybe this is something that could be rolled out on a wider level?