oa African Journal of Health Professions Education - Evaluation of the Parallel Rural Community Curriculum at Flinders University, South Australia : lessons learnt for Africa



. To review data collected during an evaluation of the Flinders University Parallel Rural Community Curriculum (PRCC) in order to reflect on its relevance for medical education in Africa.

. The PRCC offers a community-based longitudinal curriculum as an alternative for students in their pre-final year of medical training.
. Individual and focus group interviews were conducted with students, staff, health service managers, preceptors and community members.
. Students are exposed to comprehensive, holistic, relationship-based care of patients, with a graded increase in responsibility. Students have varying experience at different sites, yet achieve the same outcomes. There is a strong partnership with the health service.
. The principle of balancing sound education and exposure to a variety of contexts, including longitudinal community-based attachments, deserves consideration by medical educators in Africa.


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