Pre- and post-placement perceptions of a clinical rural placement program in NSW

14 May 2012

Submitted by Project Coordinator in Population Oral Health George Johnson, and accepted for publication by the European Journal of Dental Education is a thought-provoking article on "Faculty staff and rural placement supervisors' perceptions of a clinical rural placement program in NSW." Staff views on the rural placement program were collected to monitor whether the program was feasible and acceptable to the staff and the rural supervisors. Information was acquired on the organisation, implementation and outcomes of the program discussing program areas for improvement and development.

The Faculty staff and rural clinical supervisors were concerned prior to the placement with the students' clinical ability to provide a service, missing lectures and maintaining their clinical quotas. Post placement they were all very positive regarding the programs implementation and reported the students enjoyed the experience and their communication and clinical skills improved. They believed the program provided a positive clinical and personal development for the students. The paper provides research to assist educators who are planning to incorporate a rural clinical placement program into a University curriculum.

Please join me in offering congratulations to George and his team for this success.

Chris Peck

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