School of Medicine Rural Peer Mentoring (graduate entry)

We want all pre-clinical students, whether Bonded, Rural Origin, Extended Rural Cohort, or general CSP, to have the opportunity to learn more about rural clinical placements, rural internships, and specialist training pathways in regional areas.

This program provides pre-clinical medical students (Year A) with an interest in rural practice, the opportunity to be mentored by Year 3B students undertaking rural clinical placements.

If you have recently completed Year A of your medical degree and have been allocated a rural clinical placement for 3B, we welcome your application. By being a mentor, you'll gain important employability skills, attend networking events and help improve recruitment and retention of the rural medical workforce.

You should apply if you have:

  • A desire to support students interested in rural practice
  • A willingness to talk about your own experiences during clinical placements across the Monash Rural Health footprint
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • The ability to work with a variety of people from different backgrounds

To be eligible you must:

  • Be enrolled in the medicine course at Monash University
  • Have completed Year A in 2019 and undertaking Year 3B in 2020 in a rural clinical school.
  • Be able to support between 1 – 5 Year A students through face to face and online interactions over a 6 – 12 month period

If you are a pre-clinical medical student in Year A at Churchill with an interest in rural practice, you have the opportunity to be paired with a 3B student who is undertaking a placement at a clinical school within the Monash Rural Health footprint. As a mentee, you’ll be invited to information sessions and networking events designed to increase your understanding of the opportunities to live, work and train in rural and regional areas.

Your student mentor will be a 3B medical student who can:

  • share tips and tricks for successfully navigating Year A;
  • assist with the smooth transition from the pre-clinical to clinical years;
  • answer any questions you might have about undertaking a rural clinical placement; and
  • share OSCE and exam preparation hints.

They can provide insight into living in a rural community and let you know where to find the best coffee, the best pub trivia nights and awesome walks, bike rides, etc!

To be eligible you must:

  • Be a Year A medical student with an interest in rural practice.

Eligible students will receive an invitation to participate in the program. When you apply, you’ll then complete an online needs assessment, which helps inform your mentor pairing.

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Important Dates

Mentor applications open Thursday 9 April
Mentor applications close Thursday 23 April
Mentee applications open Thursday 9 April
Mentee applications closeThursday 23 April
Program commencesThursday 30 April

Program Contact

Larissa Attard
Coordinator, Gippsland Regional Training Hub

Sophie Burke
Manager, North West Victorian Regional Training Hub

School of Medicine Rural Peer Mentoring (graduate entry)

Length: 8 months

Program type: Peer Mentoring

Location: Victoria

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