Opportunities for gaining GP experience

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Opportunities for gaining GP experience 2017-06-11T14:48:25+00:00

There are a number of scholarships, placement programs and bursaries that can help you as a medical student to experience general practice and/or rural medicine while studying. If this is an area you are interested in moving into, these could be fantastic opportunities to undertake.

This program is administered by the General Practice Students Network. Each year, it opens for intake to second and third year students enrolled in a postgraduate course and third and fourth year students enrolled in an undergraduate course. If you are successful in your application, you then choose from two options.

  • Clinical General Practice Scholarship – Six supervised clinical placement sessions in general practice.
  • Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS) Scholarship (where available) – Placement in an AMS to understand how it is run and how it differs from other general practice.
This program is administered by the ACRRM with the aim to encourage and foster medical students into a career in rural medicine. Each year, 300 applicants from all accredited Australian medical schools participate in this program. If you are successful in your application, you are then placed with a rural doctor once a year for four years. This annual placement must be at least two weeks in duration. Once placed, you will be encouraged to participate in the local community as well as work closely with your supervising doctor to better understand rural medicine.

Financially, the JFPP will cover costs involved with travel and accommodation to your placement location as well as assistance in making these arrangements. In addition to this, students are paid $500.00 per week to cover general costs of living for the duration of your placement.

RAMUS is designed to encourage students with rural backgrounds to study medicine at university. There are around 130 scholarships awarded every year based on this criteria as well as financial need and perceived commitment to working in rural areas of Australia. It is open to current medical students in Australia who are either citizens or permanent residents that fit their requirements for a rural background.

If successful, you will receive both a mentor, in the form of a rural doctor, and a figure of $10,000 per annum to assist in covering the costs of your study.

This is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are currently studying medicine in Australia. The aim is to increase the number of Indigenous doctors and health workers practicing in Australia. If you are successful in your application, you will be awarded $10,000 per annum for the duration of your studies to assist with ongoing costs involved.
If you are a medical student in NSW, you may be eligible to apply for this benefit. In order to apply, you need to display an interest and understanding of rural life and medical practice as well as a commitment to participate actively in a rural placement. If you are successful, you will need to honour the rural placement with a two-week period during your holidays. You will receive $3000.00 towards the costs of your studies if this caveat is upheld.
These have a double benefit of encouraging rural high school students to study medicine and helping existing medical students make the choice to work in a rural community. Each year, 12 medical, nursing and allied health students from all over Australia are selected to travel to Northern Territory schools to promote careers in the medical profession. If selected, you will bring your own experiences to each presentation, making them more personal and meaningful to the high school students in your audience. It’s a great opportunity to see a part of Australia you may not have had the chance to see already and foster bonds with likeminded medical students.
If you are a current medical student at any of the Australian medical schools and a member of your rural health club, you can apply for this bursary. In order to be eligible, you must complete a minimum four-week elective placement in a rural area or Indigenous health service. If successful, you will be reimbursed for the costs incurred during your placement. Typically, this will be between $250.00 and $1000.00.