Rural practice ‘best training ground’ for doctors
Rural general practice ‘best training ground’ for doctors
The College of GPs has backed a call from the New Zealand Medical Students Association for a fully-funded, 12-month rural undergraduate curriculum.
Dr Jonathan Fox said the shortages in rural GP
are the most visible evidence of the workforce problems that trouble
“Now that shortage is moving into urban New Zealand as well.”
Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners has been
working on general practice workforce issues for some time
and will shortly take
discussion papers to the Ministry of Health identifying the extent of the
College already runs a programme giving rural experience to
surgeons, and this new undergraduate rural course would create a synergy
with the full general practice registrar training programme run by the
general practice remains one of the best and most
environments to train all doctors, not just GPs,” Dr Fox said, agreeing
any such course must be properly funded.