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Featured Video: NZ Rural Practice

This video from Country99TV offers an in-depth look into the challenges of rural practice in New Zealand.

Uploaded in February, it offers a fresh, but realistic account of the attractions of rural medicine, and highlights some of the approaches taken to improve recruitment to these areas.

Kudos to the GPs involved in making this feature.  There is often some reluctance to engage with television companies, but this one presents the situation very effectively.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxYpyw36Gnw

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Rural Mentoring Survey: Results

Many thanks to everyone who took part in the mentoring survey, which closed tonight after 2 weeks.  This was kindly hosted by RCGP.  Over fifty rural medical practitioners responded, with some useful and insightful results.

The raw data are presented below.  If you can’t see anything, you can also download a PDF file here.  Apologies that this is slightly clunky – and please note that comments are presented at the end of the PDF.  If you have a large screen, it may be worthwhile opening up two windows so you can follow the questions and free text answers at the same time.

Further analysis will be carried out to summarise the main conclusions.  It is hoped to present this on RuralGP.com in the next few weeks.  In the meantime, I have made the following observations on what could be considered the ‘next steps’:

  • Development of a profiles page, giving details of rural GPs who are prepared to act as mentors for committed trainees. (With some time for thought about how this should be co-ordinated and supported).
  • Development of a scholarship scheme for medical student electives.
  • Play down the role of social media, and improve quality student/trainee access to good rural practice experience.

Discussion can take place via the various email groups, or post a comment below.

 

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The R&R of R&R

Recruitment & retention… a big topic this week on the email groups, and a major topic for remote and rural healthcare since healthcare began.  Major difficulties are being noticed globally, hence the Australian, New Zealand, WHO, EU and local efforts to address the issue.

What do you think?  RuralGP.com has launched a survey to collate as many ideas as possible, and get a handle on whether provision of mentoring to enthusiastic young doctors who are interested in a rural career, would be feasible and effective as just one solution.

You can access the survey here.  It has a Scottish focus but we invite opinion from across the globe.  It should take a maximum of 10 minutes, and you have until Monday 5th November 2012 to complete the survey.  Entries are confidential and the final report will be published on RuralGP.com.

 

 

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Initial Assessment of a Trauma Patient

These videos, produced by Oxford Medical School, demonstrate the assessment of a trauma patient.  Clear, well-recorded and up to date, they should be useful to update or confirm current practice.  However, they do have a slant towards hospital (as opposed to BASICS or prehospital assessment, which is sometimes more appropriate in the community hospital setting).

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLuC0T7RsKI&feature=relmfu

View the other trauma videos from Oxford Medical School.

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NES Rural Fellowships now online

NHS Education for Scotland are now recruiting for the next round of GP Rural Fellowships – due to start in August this year.  Aimed at GPs who have recently finished training (including those who are expecting to complete training in August), they offer an excellent opportunity to combine experience in rural practice, with supported study leave for additional skills and professional development.

Full details are available from the NES website.

Photo: Creative Commons Licence: Colin Campbell
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Rural Opportunities in Scotland

NHS Education for Scotland has released a new DVD about opportunities for various healthcare careers within rural areas.  It’s part of the Remote and Rural Healthcare Educational Alliance (RRHEAL), an initiative to improve training and development of healthcare teams across rural Scotland.

The first part of the video focusses on dentistry; there are subsequent interviews with Charlie Siderfin (GP Postgraduate Tutor, Orkney), Chris Williams (GP Trainee, Orkney) and David Sedgwick (Consultant Surgeon, Fort William).  If you can’t see the video below, you might need to visit this page on Vimeo.

The next round of GP Rural Fellowships – ideal for recently qualified GPs – will be released soon on the NES website.  You can read more about these fellowships here.

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CultivAiTing Rural GPs for the Future

RuralGP is excited to showcase it’s first slidecast.  These are similar to podcasts, except that the audio can be linked up to a powerpoint presentation – so allowing presentations to be shared easily to a wider audience!

This slidecast is recorded from the RCGP Annual Conference during the launch of the RCGP Rural Forum, on Thursday last week.  David Hogg (blog editor) explains some proposed changes to GP Training, and where rural practice stands to gain and lose.   In the next week, we also hope to feature Malcolm Ward’s launch of the Rural Forum, as well as the videolink with Prof Richard Hayes, giving his insights on how the Rural Forum can learn from experiences in Australia.

RuralGP is keen to host other slidecasts.  It’s relatively simple to do.  If you would like to know more about this, please do get in touch.  We hope to share presentations from future events too.  Many thanks to Dr Soleman Begg for his technical expertise, with which this slidecast has been made possible.

Note that you can expand the presentation to full screen for better viewing.  The comments expressed are a personal view, and not necessarily representative of the view of the RCGP or RCGP Rural Forum.


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