Integrating research teaching and experience into a graduate medical curriculum
Few Australian medical practitioners have post-graduate research qualifications or engage actively in research and many graduating doctors believe their knowledge of basic research skills is lacking (Millar, 2009). In developing a medical curriculum for the new Graduate School of Medicine (GSM), at the University of Wollongong, we took the opportunity to embed and integrate research and critical analysis (RCA) throughout the 4-year postgraduate program with the long-term aim of developing research-aware doctors practising evidence-based medicine. As part of the RCA program, all students conduct their own community-based research project during their 12-month placement in a regional or rural area of New South Wales. Their research project aims to consolidate and expand the research skills introduced throughout the curriculum since its commencement in 2007. This presentation reports on the success of the program in providing important research experience and skills.