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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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New: the RuralGP Network

The RuralGP Network ceased to exist in February 2015. Other options are available, including the RGPAS chatline.

From today you can join the new RuralGP Network, a mailing list designed to bring together rural GPs in the UK and beyond.  Click on this link to sign up (and note that you don’t need a GoogleMail account): http://groups.google.co.uk/group/ruralgp/

This new group will take over the function of the Yahoo Group – members of this have already been invited directly to join the Network.

In case there is confusion about what now exists, here’s a quick guide:

RuralGP Network: Google group for all rural GPs and trainees in the UK and beyond.

RuralTrainee Network: Google group specifically aimed at trainees and trainers in rural practice.

RCGP Rural Forum: initiative of the RCGP which is entirely separate to the above.  There are various membership benefits and you need to be a member/AiT of the RCGP to join.

“RCGP Rural Group” (Yahoo Group): no longer functioning

Questions?  Please get in touch.

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