A new model of clinical placement and supervision in the Solomon Islands.BackgroundMakira Island in the Solomon Islands (population = 41,000 people), which in 2013 was serviced by one doctor, who worked in the hospital and travelled to remote sites, supported by highly skilled nursing staff. The capital Kira Kira is a very impoverished community with a large variety of public health issues. During 2013 Bond University on the Gold Coast in Australia piloted final year undergraduate medical student placements at Kira Kira Hospital, with 33 students participating. It is now a university wide experience with students from other faculties including from the Physiotherapy, Public Health Nutrition, Sustainable Development, Film and Television and Project Management to support the local community. MethodologyThe placement was evaluated over both years using electronic surveys, focus groups and semi-structured interviews with staff, students and community members.ResultsThe evaluation found that this was an extremely valuable, personally safe, clinically fascinating, and professionally life changing student experience, which was greatly appreciated by, and contributes to, the local Kira Kira community. The greatest strength of the program was the peer mentoring and supervisor model. The main challenges were the supervision arrangements and available resources. ConclusionPlacements in developing countries can be career highlights for all students. This paper will present the findings from the evaluation and the innovative peer supervision model that was developed in a third world country that others could learn from.
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
|Event||ICEMEN 2016 (International conference on Community Engaged Medical Education in the North) : Putting communities in the driver's seat - Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada|
Duration: 23 Jun 2016 → 26 Jun 2016
|Conference||ICEMEN 2016 (International conference on Community Engaged Medical Education in the North)|
|City||Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario|
|Period||23/06/16 → 26/06/16|
Springer, S., & Smith, J. D. (2016). A new model of clinical placement and supervision in the Solomon Islands. Abstract from ICEMEN 2016 (International conference on Community Engaged Medical Education in the North) , Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.