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Teddy Bear Hospital

Introduction Some good ideas seem to be elegant in their simplicity. The Teddy Bear Hospital is one of these. I spent a day with medical students on placement with the Newcastle University Department of Rural Health in Tamworth finding out … Continue reading

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Sharing student and community experiences: spreading the news

Developing and sustaining non-clinical community-based learning can pose a number of challenges. As I have shown in this blog, a lack of clarity about expectations can cloud experience from either a provider or student perspective. Some students can be slow … Continue reading

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Roles and identities: Community placements and the positioning of medical students as learners and researchers, knowledge consumers and knowledge producers.

Introduction In this post I want to return to the issue of non-clinical community-based experience as a context for identity-work among medical students. While I recognise that it is not particularly radical to think about medical education as an arena … Continue reading

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Urban health and health services inequalities and Julian Tudor Hart’s inverse case law: a role for community placements

Introduction Western Sydney made the national news this weekend. The Sunday Telegraph, Sydney Herald and ABC News all ran stories based around a report published by the Western Sydney Region Organisation of Councils (WSROC)[i] that contains findings of research demonstrating … Continue reading

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Prove it: evidence for effects and effectiveness of community-based non-clinical placements in medical education

Introduction What evidence can we recruit to support inferences about the contribution of non-clinical community-based placements to medical education and practice made on the basis of my observations and reflections reported in this blog? The answer would appear to be … Continue reading

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Funding and support

This study tour is supported by an award of an International Scholarship 2012 from the Higher Education Academy. You can find out more about the Academy, the award scheme  including other winners via the following link. http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/international-scholarship-scheme

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