The Rural Clinical School of WA


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We work in partnership with the Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health in developing appropriate Aboriginal health syllabus, teaching and learning.

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Dentistry, Medicine and Podiatric Medicine are now offered at postgraduate level. All applicants for these courses will now need to study an undergraduate bachelor degree first.

Doctor of Medicine (MD)

  1. The Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree is a four-year full-time professional degree course.
  2. The MD will have its first intake of graduate applicants in 2014.
  3. Australian students commencing the MD in 2014 will have the opportunity in 3rd year to undertake a rural placement.

Australian students

Postgraduate Coursework

The Graduate Certificate in Rural and Remote Medicine, and more research intensive Master of Rural and Remote Medicine, is a broad-based introduction to being an academic. It allows rural practitioners to engage in discussion about key ideas in the areas of teaching, research and practice philosophy. Through a series of relevant readings and the invitation to share wiki commentaries on the ideas and participants own practice, a community of practice emerges that is enhanced by fortnightly videoconference discussions. This community of practice is a vital part of the learning that happens with and through each other, so every effort is made to find VC times that suit all.

MBBS Specialisation in Rural and Remote and Aboriginal Health

If you are a current MBBS student interested in rural medicine as a career, and have chosen options that reflect your interest, you can have your choices indicated as a specialisation in your academic transcript.

Rural Health

Teaching within the School is based on integrated rural practice. Whilst urban medical school teaching is based on specialist-rotations, in the rural setting it is not practical to restrict teaching to patients of a single discipline. Instead, to capture all learning opportunities, teaching is directed by each patient who walks through the door. Exposing students to this diverse case mix is called Integrated Teaching. It is an excellent way to acquire clinical skills in history-taking, clinical reasoning, and diagnosis.

Aboriginal Health

The Aboriginal health syllabus is integral to all teaching and learning in the School. Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can provide some of the most rewarding experiences for medical students and doctors. Due to the complex and serious conditions many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have, working in Aboriginal health provides some of the best learning opportunities medical students can get. More importantly the cultural and social experience usually associated with working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health is something that stays with most practitioners who have had these opportunities, generally making them much better doctors for all their patients.


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