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Campus News : March 2013
CONNECT: UOW is produced by the Media Unit. Editorial Nick Hartgerink Bernie Goldie Jenna Bradwell Alison Errey Layout Artist Paul Martens Photographers Sean Maguire Mark Newsham Telephone +61 2 4221 5942 Facsimile +61 2 4221 3128 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Web media.uow.edu.au Address University of Wollongong NSW 2522 Australia CRICOS Provider No: 00102E ISSN 0312-2018 M 12 CONNECT: UOW MARCH 2013 CONNECT: NEWS ore rural students study medicine at the University of Wollongong than any other medical school in the state, with the 2013 intake boasting almost 70 per cent of country students in its cohort. Graduate School of Medicine (GSM) Dean Professor Alison Jones said the figure was testimony to the School's growing reputation as a leader in medical education and for its rural training program. "Across Australia the average rural enrolment for medical schools is around 25 per cent," Professor Jones said. "We deliver a program that is recognised for its educational excellence as well as its strong focus on immersing our students in medical practice within regional and rural communities. "This year almost 1300 applicants were vying for 86 places in our program and I think this reflects the impact we are having on the national medical education landscape." Professor Jones said the academic performance of applicants applying to study medicine at UOW was also increasing, with this year's applicant base having a distinction average in their undergraduate degrees and scoring in the top 10 per cent of the Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admissions Test (GAMSAT). "The students selected to study at the University of Wollongong this year are the cream of a very good crop," Professor Jones said. "Our students come from a range of backgrounds and have a vast number of life experiences. We are the only medical school in Australia whose admissions process looks equally at outstanding academic achievement, along with a proven commitment to rural and regional communities and active community engagement. "What we are looking for are students who not only have outstanding academic skills but the personal qualities to become an excellent doctor." Professor Jones said the success of the program was also meeting the GSM's goal of addressing the shortage of healthcare professionals in rural Australia. AE CHANDLER APPOINTED PV-C he University Council has approved the establishment of a new part-time senior executive role -- Pro Vice-Chancellor (Inclusion and Outreach). Former Dean of Education Professor Paul Chandler has been appointed to the new position, alongside his responsibilities as Executive Director of the Early Start Program. Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings said social inclusion and community outreach activities were firmly in the University's sights and highlighted in UOW's new Strategic Plan. "The new Pro Vice-Chancellor will play a key role in embedding the University's social inclusion framework and advancing social and cultural change in education in our region," Professor Wellings said. The PV-C will provide organisation- wide oversight of the University's strategies and programs to widen access and participation. The role will also monitor the performance of students from lower socio- economic and disadvantaged backgrounds and ensure that appropriate services and resources are in place to support their academic success. NH GSM'S RURAL INTAKE CLOSE TO 70 PERCENT Professor Paul Chandler Dean of Medicine Professor Alison Jones ACADEMY FOR CLINICIANS More than 65 doctors, nurses and academics from across NSW attended the February launch of the University of Wollongong's Academy of Clinicians. The Academy, an initiative of UOW's Graduate School of Medicine, will offer professional and personal development opportunities for clinicians working across all healthcare settings, from primary and community care to tertiary specialists. GSM Dean Professor Alison Jones said the Academy would fill a critical gap in the educational offerings available to the state's regional and rural health professionals. "The emphasis here is on equipping our clinicians for the future by providing quality clinical education, professional development opportunities and an understanding of academic medicine through teaching and research," Professor Jones said. The Academy of Clinicians was developed by the GSM with input of partners including the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, Illawarra Medicare Local and local private hospitals. Training will be delivered through online offerings, short courses available in the mornings, afternoons and evenings with occasional whole-day sessions. Sessions will be delivered by senior lecturers from across all UOW faculties as well as respected leaders within the broader health sector. AE T M