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.
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.