Rural Clinical Schools

The University of Queensland Rural Clinical School (RCS) has 4 locations for their medical students to study at in phase 2 of their MD program – Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, and Toowoomba. UQ RCS is the largest rural clinical school in Australia hosted by a single university.

Established in 2002, the Rural Clinical School works to foster and sustain a skilled and dynamic medical workforce to meet the needs of rural, regional, and remote Queensland. Students in the clinical phase of the medical program live and work at one of the RCS sites for one or two years. It provides students with rigorous clinical training built upon hands-on experiences in hospitals and community-based practices.

Above all, they give students the unique opportunity to live and work in some of Queensland’s amazing rural, regional and remote locations. UQ RCS provides a range of accommodation options for students, including thier own residences, hospital staff accommodation or rental subsidies for couples and families.

Why go rural?

  • Smaller student numbers, so better student-teacher ratios
  • Smaller clinical teams, increasing the student’s involvement in clinical activities
  • Experience a broad range of medical conditions
  • More hands-on experiences
  • Engage with the whole multidisciplinary team involved in patient care
  • Live and enjoy the benefits of living in a smaller community surrounded by natural beauty

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