Pictured are medical students with preceptors from the Hospital and General Practice. (L-R) Medical student Jack Archer, GBH staff specialist Dr Kanewala Jayasekara , medical student Keiran Davis, medical student Felix Loschetter and GP Dr Nicholas Cooper.

The staff, students and preceptors that form part of the Clarence Valley University of Wollongong (UoW) Phase 3 Extended Clinical program, celebrated the end of the year in a Christmas get together in November 2018 (pictured here).

UoW in collaboration with the North Coast University Centre for Rural Health ,has a strong focus on preparing medical students for rural practice has been sending students to the Clarence Valley since the establishment of this post graduate medical degree 10 years ago.  Whilst on placement in the Clarence Valley, senior medical students spend time at Grafton and Maclean Hospitals and local General Practices, as well as immersing themselves in the local community.

As the Clarence Valley reaches the milestone of supporting these students for 10 consecutive years, it is time to reflect and celebrate. With the Phase 3  program being so dynamic and diverse, involving many primary and community based health settings, it is rare that all involved get together and connect.