Rural Clinical School
Funded through the Australian Government's Rural Clinical
Training Support (RCTS) Program, the University of Queensland Rural
Clinical School (UQRCS) has a mandate to address health workforce
shortages, primarily in rural and regional Queensland.
To achieve this mandate, UQRCS aims to lead and
direct the rural health agenda through the highest quality
education, training, research and community service.
UQRCS envisions itself as a Clinical School for
regional Queensland. Our Program activity is focussed on a
number of distributed Academic Sites, currently:
Bundaberg and Hervey Bay in the Wide
Rockhampton in Central Queensland, and
Toowoomba (Darling Downs, South-West
Whilst UQRCS has established significant
infrastructure at each of the Academic Sites - people, facilities
and services - our scope is broad extending throughout the
Regions where we are based and beyond.
Delivering more of the best doctors for the
rural, regional and remote communities in which we are privileged
to work is intrinsic to our Purpose
FAQ's about choosing
a UQRCS site for clinical school allocation in 2016.
Our academic sites feature
learning resources and facilities that support and facilitate
face-to-face, bedside and online learning. Our main academic sites
are located at:
(Acting) Head, Rural Clinical School
Our Learning Program
UQRCS offers a clinical training experience like no other.
Our approach is patient-centred and complemented by the latest
innovations in medical education and training. Our classrooms
are teaching hospitals, specialist consulting rooms, general
practices and health care settings throughout rural and regional.
UQRCS has an intake of up to 150 medical
students in the clinical phase of the medical program who live and
work at one of the major academic sites for at least the duration
of an academic year. In addition, there are shorter term (4 -
16 weeks) residential placement opportunities available to all UQ
medical students through an extensive training network comprising
host communities in rural and remote Queensland and
As well, UQRCS provides the vision and
intellectual framework for the academic
Discipline of Rural & Remote Medicine, ensuring
experts in rural health inform and guide curriculum development and
delivery in the University's medical program
UQRCS undertakes and facilitates medical and health related
research specific to regional, rural and remote areas.
The Rural Clinical School Research Centre is
leading investigations ranging from individual to national or
Now in its second decade of operation, UQRCS is able to
demonstrate a positive impact on the medical workforce in the
Regions in which we work (and elsewhere). Studies demonstrate
that a student who has experienced the Rural Advantage with UQRCS
is 2.5 times more likely to work in a rural area when compared with
other UQ medical graduates.
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