Rural medical placements go global

korean-students-150311Flinders University’s Rural Clinical School (FURCS) at Mt Gambier has taken student placements to a new level by hosting two South Korean medical students.

Jeong Jinhoon (pictured, right) and Lee Jun-Hee (pictured, left) visited the FURCS last month as part of an exchange program with Gyeongsang National University.

They studied alongside third-year medical students in the Parallel Rural Community Curriculum (PRCC), attending tutorials and clinical skills sessions, to get an insight into community health and aged care services in regional Australia.

FURCS administrator Mrs Kathryn Sylvia said a number of local institutions, such as the South East Regional Community Health Centre, provided the students with a wide range of additional, hands-on experiences.

“Jinhoon and Jun-Hee were able to sit in on general practice consulting sessions at the Hawkins Medical Clinic throughout their stay,” Mrs Sylvia said.

“There were also numerous aged care facilities who hosted the students,” she said.

“The students’ feedback on their medical experiences in Mt Gambier was very positive and they enjoyed the camaraderie with the other students.

“We are looking forward to the opportunity of having Korean medical students again. And we would like to extend a special thank you to Richard and Rosie Hogevonder who very graciously hosted the students during their stay.”

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