The effect of student placements on GP income
The University of Wollongong’s Graduate School of Medicine (GSM) secured a ‘Rural Clinical School Funding Program Grant’ through the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing to compare the costs and impact of a long term integrated clinical placement for graduate medical students based in rural general practices with those in regional general practices. This research focused on one academic year. The GSM invited the CHSD to collaborate in the design and implementation of this research project. The costs were those related directly to the teaching program and its support. The analysis considered the impact on patient throughput during the sessions when the GSM student was working in the general practice. The project provided evidence of the impact and utility of senior medical students in communities with rural workforce shortages.