You can find out more about what community placements are, their role in medical education and why I am looking at practice in Australian Medical Schools here. I have also created the following pages:
- ‘Seeing it differently’ which contains my reflections on the impact that community placements can have on students’ learning. This blog draws principally on conversations with students studying at Monash University in Melbourne;
- ‘Creating space’ in which I consider how the structuring of community placements creates a context for experiential learning;
- ‘In the field’ in which I focus on the role that the placement provider plays in supporting student learning and give some examples of the practice that I observed in Melbourne;
- ‘Sharing experience: enhancing student learning‘ in which I identify some considerations associated with the differences and similarities in community placement experience and suggest some means of enabling students to compare and share their learning;
- ‘Prove it: evidence for effects and effectiveness of community-based non-clinical placements in medical education’ in which I consider what evidence about the effects and effectiveness of community-based learning in medical education implies for our understanding of non-clinical community placements and future research and evaluation.
- ‘Urban health and health services inequalities and Julian Tudor Hart’s inverse case law: a role for community-placements?’in which I reflect on the some recent news from Sydney about health inequalities and whether community-placements might help to attract and to equip doctors to work in needy communities.
- ‘Community placements: more tales from the field and thoughts about assessment‘, in which I provide another case study of placement activity and ruminate on the implications for assessment of community-based practice, of medical education and the involvement of communities in determining what doctors are for.
- ‘Role and identities: community placements and the positioning of medical students as learners and researchers, knowledge producers and knowledge consumers’, in which I revisit the community as a site for identity work with a focus on students as ethnographers.
- Teddy Bear Hospital, in which I describe my day in the bush with medical students taking part in a community-development project.
- Alongside these pages detailing my experiences of community-based education I am publishing some reflections on being in Australia. You will find some images from my trip to the outback here and a rolling series of ‘road trip’ slideshows here. I have now added slideshows taking in my trip to the University of New England and Armidale.
- You can find information about the support for this trip provided the Higher Education Academy through the International Scholarship Scheme here.
- You can find information about the Durham Centre for Medical Education Research here.