Quorn Clinical Skills Weekend 2017

quornArticle by Matilda Smale | 2017

Early in April, a group of first and second year medical students from Flinders University and Adelaide University attended a clinical skills weekend in Quorn run by the Rural Doctors Working Association (RDWA). Dr Tony Lian-Lloyd with assistance from Dr Stephen Holmes, Dr Corina Sims and Dr Kate Kloza introduced us to the country life and what it truly means to be a General Practitioner in a rural area. Their skills and expertise in Anaesthetics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Surgery were awe-inspiring and highlighted how critical Rural Generalists are in Australia.

The weekend was full of highlights including learning to suture, understanding the basics of radiology, putting our skills to the test in an emergency situation and 4 wheel-driving with the locals. Overall the clinical skills weekend was an amazing experience which reiterated the benefits, whilst also honestly informing us of the potential limitations and challenges of living and working in a rural area. I would highly recommend FURHS members to become involved with the RDWA and capitalise on the fantastic opportunities that they provide to students to be exposed to rural practice.