University of Tasmania medical students who have chosen to spend the final years of their degree studying at the Rural Clinical School in the North-West, were officially welcomed to the region on Thursday, 2 February.
The annual Community Welcome BBQ was an opportunity for new and returning Rural Clinical School students to meet staff and local representatives, while learning about the region’s health services and unique learning opportunities the North-West Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery program provides.
Co-Director of the Rural Clinical School Dr Lizzi Shires said there was a large number of fourth and fifth year medical students choosing to study in the region.
“We are welcoming 53 medical students to the Rural Clinical School this year with places being oversubscribed for 2017, and many of the 2016 cohort returning to finish their training,” Dr Shires said.
“Medical students continue to show a strong interest in rural health and we hope this encourages them to practice their profession in a rural area or even in this region.”
The recipients of two prestigious medical awards were also announced at the event.
Fifth year student Ben Dodds received the Simon Monks Memorial Award for Excellence which pays tribute to the significant contribution Dr Monks had in the North-West.
Fourth year student Emma Brown was awarded the Rotary Club of Wynyard Scholarship in Rural Medicine, which is presented to a student who has undertaken a clinical placement in the town, supported the club and has an interest in the area of rural medicine.
Around 100 people attended the event.