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Charles Sturt University

Professor Lesley Forster

Dean of Rural Medicine

P: 02 6365 7611

The Charles Sturt School of Rural Medicine is committed to improving the recruitment and retention of rural health professionals including doctors in rural and remote areas, thereby improving the health and wellbeing of Australians living in rural and remote areas. Our 5-year undergraduate MD program, delivered in conjunction with Western Sydney University, gives medical students the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and resilience to enable them to thrive in rural communities if they wish to pursue a career in rural generalism.

Our Rural Clinical School program encourages students to develop connections with a rural community by repeated placements over the duration of the course.

The first two years of the program are predominantly based on the basic medical sciences with problem-based-learning sessions, practicals, tutorials and lectures. Much of the teaching is provided by practicing clinicians who integrate the sciences with current clinical relevance. The later years focus on practical clinical teaching in general practices and district and regional hospitals.

Our newly established Institute of Regional, Rural and Remote Health and Medical Research provides opportunities for students and practitioners to work on exciting research programs focussing on rural health.