Opportunities to mentor medical students in 2017 and 2018

Rural Health West is seeking rural doctors to provide mentoring to WA medical students.

The John Flynn Placement Program (JFPP) aims to expose medical students to life as a rural practitioner and the benefits of working and living in a rural location. Students spend two weeks each year over a three to four year period working alongside a rural doctor, experiencing the diversity of rural practice and expanding their hands-on skills.

Rural Health West is seeking doctors across the state to mentor medical students as part of the JFPP with most placements running throughout November 2017, December 2017, January 2018 and July 2018.

Doctors who are currently registered with AHPRA and are working in RA2 to RA5 locations at a general practice, hospital, Aboriginal medical service or other medical facility providing primary health care are eligible to be mentors on the program. Mentors receive an honorarium of $300 (plus GST) per placement week for mentoring a student and are eligible to apply for RACGP Category 1 CPD points. Travel and accommodation are arranged through the program and all costs associated are covered.

Prior to commencing a placement, students are required to complete a placement planning guide in consultation with their mentor that outlines their clinical and social goals for the placement. Mentors are not expected to provide specified clinical experiences or assignments for the students. If you are interested in becoming a mentor or would like to discuss the role further please contact Laura Humphry on 08 6389 4537 or laura.humphry@ruralhw.com.au. Alternatively, you can visit the John Flynn Placement Program website.