Rural Clinical School

Hospital Based Medical Education

Teaching in the Hospital

Teaching in the hospital setting is an important part of the MBBS course at every year, culminating in the last two clinical years of the course.

Rural Clinical School (RCS) students rotate through a series of discipline based hospital attachments, with final year students undertaking longer attachments where they 'buddy' with the Intern. 

Both the North West Regional Hospital (NWRH) and the Mersey Community Hospital (MCH) are utilised for training of students.

Learning and Teaching in the Hospital Setting

  1. The 2016 RCS Year 4 and 5 Guidelines (PDF 4.5 MB)  provide specific information about RCS program organisation and site specific assessment, as distinct from assessment completed by all students in Medicine programs irrespective of the location of their Clinical School. 

  2. The RCS has developed these assessments to reflect specific objectives around preparing students for medical practice within a rural context.  They augment those detailed in UTAS Medicine Handbooks.  For ease of reference all assessments are explained in these texts.

  3. The  2016 UTAS Medicine Year 4 MBBS Handbook (PDF 11MB)  and 2016 UTAS Medicine Year 5 MBBS Handbook  (PDF 12MB) give a description of the total content of the programs with areas of particular interest to teaching clinicians such as: Changing Philosophy of Medical Education, Clinical Attachments and their learning outcomes, Case Based Learning (CBL) Topics, Recommended Resources, Medical Graduate Profile.

  4. The Curriculum for Junior Doctors at THO-NW is based on the Australian Curriculum Framework for Junior Doctors.