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More rural stints for medical students

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/05/2017

More medical students could have longer stints in rural GP practices, the University of Auckland plans.

This year, 256 University of Auckland medical students spent year-long placements in regional hospitals or rural general practices, with half at Waikato Hospital.

In 2018, this number will increase to 280 and the hope is to increase their placement time in order to encourage graduates to work in these areas in their career, the university's medical programme leader Professor Warwick Bagg says.

The biggest challenge facing the expansion of rural placements is finding GPs who have the physical space and availability to supervise students, he said.

The university plans to expand clinical sites in Whangarei, Tauranga, Rotorua and Taranaki.

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