Log in with your email address username.


Important notice

doctorportal Learning is on the move as we will be launching a new website very shortly. If you would like to sign up to dp Learning now to register for CPD learning or to use our CPD tracker, please email support@doctorportal.com.au so we can assist you. If you are already signed up to doctorportal Learning, your login will work in the new site so you can continue to enrol for learning, complete an online module, or access your CPD tracker report.

To access and/or sign up for other resources such as Jobs Board, Bookshop or InSight+, please go to www.mja.com.au, or click the relevant menu item and you will be redirected.

All other doctorportal services, such as Find A Doctor, are no longer available.

Determinants of rural practice: positive interaction between rural background and rural undergraduate training

- Featured Image

To the Editor: The rural clinical school (RCS) initiative is acknowledged as a successful policy response to the rural–urban medical workforce imbalance.1 Kondalsamy-Chennakesavan and colleagues’ article regarding the location of practice of Commonwealth-supported alumni from the University of Queensland Rural Clinical School (UQRCS) concludes that there appears to be a compounding effect of RCS experience on a background of “rurality”, when compared with metropolitan students undertaking similar rural placements.2

These results differ from those of the University of Sydney RCS3 and the University of Western Australia RCS,4 the former of which was not referenced by the authors. These earlier articles suggest that long-term RCS placements change the likelihood of all students’ uptake of rural internships3 and rural practice in general,4 not simply those of rural origin versus metropolitan origin students.

Australian universities operating RCSs employ differing admission criteria for undergraduate and postgraduate courses, course durations and pedagogical constructs in their curricula; both rural and metropolitan students are subject to differing personal or financial circumstances.