Summit brings medical students to border

The border will be showcased as a place for young doctors to live and work, when hundreds of medical students meet in Albury for the Rural Health Summit in September.

Presented by the Australian Medical Students’ Association, the summit will be attended by more than 250 delegates over three days.

AlburyCity Deputy Mayor and medical doctor, Amanda Cohn, said the summit would focus on the challenges and opportunities offered by practising medicine in regional and rural areas.

“Without events such as this, many students based at metropolitan medical schools might not have the opportunity to learn about rural medicine and explore a regional community,” she said.

“The innovative and interactive academic program goes above and beyond the standard medical school curriculum, and social events will allow the students to see the best of the border as well as network with potential future colleagues.

“We hope that many of those students will love our region as much as we do and be inspired to practice in a regional centre when they graduate.”

Co-convenor and local resident, Jordan Vivian, said the summit would demonstrate to students the diverse opportunities presented by rural medicine.

“This is a chance for medical students from around the country to network and develop skills, encouraging the next generation of health professionals to embrace the attractions of regional and rural practice,” she said.

“We don’t want to stage just another conference so apart from a great learning program, we also aim to give the delegates a taste of the wonderful lifestyle that local people know and love.”

The program will include activities such as canoeing, cycling and hiking as well as a cocktail event at MAMA, a bush dance, and visits to local restaurants and stores.

Some of the best academic minds in the profession will educate the students on mental, indigenous and women’s health as well as discussing advocacy and leadership, telemedicine and palliative care in rural health.

The summit will be held at the Albury Entertainment Centre from 28 September to 30 September.

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