The best people to describe the learning experience at the School of Rural Health are our students. Here is what some of them have to say about their time with us...
"I am very glad I came to Dubbo. The teaching has been excellent, but I have really gained the most from the sense of community in the hospital. The interns have become our teachers and friends, and even one of the consultants makes it to trivia on occasion! In addition it is possible to be a lot more involved with the patients. There are fewer people wanting to see each case, and because the hospital is small it is possible to follow a patient from ED to discharge."
Eleanor Carey, 2007
"Orange continues to be a wonderful learning experience. The education to be had in a smaller hospital with enthusiastic teachers and patients who have not been hassled already by ten other students cannot be overestimated. The rural school staff are wonderful and you really feel personally supported. The change of pace has been lovely (not to mention good for study) and there is always something to do or somewhere to go on weekends. I can't recommend it enough."
Lucy Cho, 2008
"Dubbo...What a place to do medicine. A newspaper article on the first day stating that we were the 'new hope'. All of the doctors were great, with time to teach during ward rounds, allowing us to assist with surgical procedures and basically letting us do whatever we needed to do to maximize our learning...All this whilst socializing with a great bunch of students. I could not have asked for a better medical experience."
Mark Salter, 2007
"All day, every day supervision and teaching directly from Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons (4 permanent Staff Specialists) was amazing. Orange offers accessible, knowledgeable and lovely permanent specialists who are always willing to have students around. Plus the wineries, Mt Canobolas and blackberry picking, good food and good friends........ Why would you want to be in Sydney? "
Ineke Wever, 2008
"One of the best things about third year has been attending the School of Rural Health in Dubbo. I have really enjoyed the unique 'hands on' clinical experiences it has to offer, such as exposure to indigenous health issues, interesting pathologies, and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. It is refreshing to be away from the highly specialised environment of city tertiary hospitals, and instead dealing with patients who have common medical conditions."
Ben Larkin, 2007