TROHPIQ Rural Elective Experience Scholarship

The final component of the first year of the UQ MD program is the Observership. This is a four week placement program completed by all MD1 students in which they get first-hand experience in a hospital setting.

TROHPIQ has teamed up with UQ Rural Clinical School to provide students with an opportunity to experience regional and rural Queensland, gain fantastic hands-on learning experiences, and meet some awe-inspiring rural practitioners. Students can choose to complete their Observership in a rural location, and receive a scholarship to help support them during their placement.

Additionally, TREES Scholars are also given priority in third year Medicine in Society/Rural & Remote Medicine preferences if they choose to return to the same location. This continuity means our scholars are entering their rotation with an established professional relationship with the local medical professionals. This enables them to get the most out of their rural placements:  reconnecting established professional friendships and further developing their relationship with the rural community.

Learn more about the locations and experiences of past TREES scholars here.

What does a TREE Scholar receive?

  1. Rural Placement Package
  2. Bursary (value TBC)
  3. Support from the TROHPIQ TREES organisers in any logistical or support concerns available

Where can a TREE Scholar go?

The following locations have been TREES placement locations in the past; however these locations can vary from year to year.

  • Beaudesert
  • Blackbutt
  • Bundaberg
  • Dalby
  • Dysart
  • Emerald
  • Gladstone
  • Goondiwindi
  • Kilcoy
  • Kingaroy
  • Miles
  • St George
  • Tamborine Mountain
  • Texas
  • Wondai
  • Yeppoon

What can a TREE Scholar do?

Past TREE Scholars have had the opportunity to:

  • Be mentored by Rural Generalists, Rural GP’s and nursing and allied health staff in rural hospitals and medical centres.
  • Become a part of the medical team; from perfecting the art of history taking and improving procedural skills through to learning the keys to diagnosis and management of common conditions. Develop confidence in the application of these new found skills.
  • Explore the local sites, guided by hosts or colleagues

Applications for 2020 open July 06 at 8AM!


2020 TREES applications timeline

Applications open: July 6th

Applications deadline: July 20th

Interviews held: Week of July 20th

Offers of placement: August 13th

Deadline for acceptance: August 21st

Second round offers (if applicable) will take place after this date

Placement dates: Monday, November 23rd until December 4th.

What does a TREE Scholar receive?

  1. Rural Placement Package
    • The UQ Rural Clinical School will arrange a location, preceptor and accommodation
    • For many sites, accommodation is provided without cost to the student
  2. A Pre-Elective Workshop
    • Students are briefed on what to expect on their rural electives and are given the opportunity to perfect their procedural skills
  3. A limited number of bursaries are available.
  4. Support from the TROHPIQ TREES organisers in any logistical or support concerns available
    • Contact the Vice President or Scholarships/Bursaries Officer

If there is a particular rural / regional location you wish to complete your placement, please note this on your application and we will endeavor to accommodate your request.

Where Can I Go?

Placement locations for 2020 include:

  • Beaudesert
  • Blackbutt
  • Boonah
  • Dalby
  • Emerald
  • Esk
  • Gayndah
  • Goondiwindi
  • Kilcoy
  • Kingaroy
  • Miles
  • Roma
  • St George
  • Texas
  • Theodore
  • Yeppoon

All applications are processed by the TROHPIQ TREES organisers and the TROHPIQ Executive. Applicants are then selected for an informal interview based upon:

How are TREEs Applicants Selected?

  • Interest in rural and remote health (past, present and future)
  • Previous involvement with TROHPIQ / rural communities

Priority is given to domestic students; however International / Oschner students are encouraged to apply.

You must be a TROHPIQ member to apply.

The short-listed applicants will then attend a 10 minutes interview, conducted by the TROHPIQ President, Vice President and Scholarships/Bursaries Officer.

Successful applicants will be expected to:
• Attend the chosen rural placement for 2 weeks beginning 23rd November 2020
• Submit a report on elective experience by 22nd December 2020
1. A written report, maximum 500 words with photos
2. A short video (max 5 minutes)

Please read through the 2019 Elective Only Contract and the 2019 Elective Plus Bursary Contract before applying. Click here to apply. 

For more information please contact

Featured photo by Fiona Edwards
Featured Photo by Fiona Edwards