Rural medicine and ‘home stay’: a medical student’s experience

South African Family Practice

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Title Rural medicine and ‘home stay’: a medical student’s experience
Creator Ntshabele, Reabetswe Perumal, Rubeshan Padayatchi, Nesri
Subject — epidemiology; home stay; rural medicine
Description Medical education is evolving from a heavily hierarchical and paternalistic approach to a more developmental and student-centred paradigm. In addition, there has been a greater focus on decentralised medical education, taking medical students closer to the lowest tiers of the healthcare system and allowing for a more immersive experience within the communities of their patients. This paper presents the experience of an enlightening rural experience, in which the benefits of such a model to medical education are explored. Furthermore, it presents the highly personal and developmental journey that decentralised and, in particular, rural medical training can offer. A new concept of a ‘home-stay’ model has now been introduced as part of the rural medicine experience, where students are hosted by a family within the community in which they work. This is a transformative project in which the most fundamental principles of medical training and the art of medical practice can be honed. The convergence of clinical training, public health enlightenment, and family practice are highlighted.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2018-11-30
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/safp.v60i6.4925
Source South African Family Practice; Vol 60, No 6 (2018): November/December; 42 2078-6204 2078-6190
Language eng
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Rights Copyright (c) 2019 Reabetswe Ntshabele, Rubeshan Perumal, Nesri Padayatchi