The Medical Deans of Australia and New Zealand (MDANZ) has released a report on ‘Medical student clinical placements as sites of learning and contribution’.

The pilot project, funded by MDANZ, was carried out in August-December 2017, at Western Health in Victoria, by researchers from the Department of Medical Education at the University of Melbourne.

“Experiential learning in clinical environments is key to developing work-ready graduates. For health services providing these workplace environments, there is a cost of supervisor time away from patient care. Universities are under pressure to contribute to the costs of clinical placements, and therefore there is a need to identify the benefits of clinical placements for health services. The current literature on clinical placements focuses on learner-as-consumer rather than learner-as-contributor. This project addresses a significant gap in the research. This report describes the aims, methods, findings, and outcomes of the pilot study Medical student clinical placements as sites of learning and contribution.”

To read the full the report, please click here.