A sense of community is integral to high quality care

One of the things I like most about training in a smaller town is that you see a far greater continuity of care for patients than in the larger cities. The thing I’ve noticed during my time at the Queen Street Medical Centre is that the doctors are all very involved not only within their medical practice, but within the broader community as well. I believe that it’s this sense of community that is integral to providing high quality care by doctors who really understand their patients and have been with them throughout their health care journey.

Prior to moving to Eurobodalla at the start of the year I had never spent much time in the area and was unsure of what to expect. Having completed the first half of our medical degree in Canberra, myself and three other students were placed in Eurobodalla to complete 12 months of rural clinical training, and in hindsight this was one of the best decisions I’ve made.

I appreciate it so much that the doctors and patients of Queen Street Medical Centre have been so willing to assist medical students like myself with our training. It’s been such a wonderful experience, and I hope to one day return to work in a rural area such as this after I graduate so that I can give something back to the communities that have supported us so wonderfully during our studies!

Jessica Weber | ANU Medical Student – Eurobodalla placement 2017

Jessica is one of  four ANU Medical School students who will spend time training with our GP team here at QSMC this year. We are proud of our ongoing commitment to provide the encouragement and support to our rural doctors of the future.

ANU Medical School, through its Rural Clinical School, has been training students in regional NSW for the past 11 years. The rural-trained students have achieved significant academic success, a number are returning to work in rural areas. Photo courtesy of ANU Medical School visit http://medicalschool.anu.edu.au