Eight medical students arrive for year long placement on EP

Eight fifth year medical students have elected for a year-long placement on the Eyre Peninsula to spend time practicing medicine and learning from local GPs.

The students said they were excited about the "hands-on" experience they will get.

"We'll be getting a good experience of rural health that we haven't experienced before," said Yu Kato.

"It will be nice to see what life is like as a rural GP," said Peta Musgrove.

"We will rotate through all the GP practices, we aim to get as much experience as we can."

The students will work through clinics during the day and also take shifts at the hospital in the Emergency Department on weeknights and weekends.

Hamish Phillips said many of them didn't realise how in need of doctors and medical staff the Eyre Peninsula was, but that they had learned so much in the past week about affected areas.

"It has more become apparent this week, and about the nearby affected towns such as Ceduna with their birthing services," he said.

The students also said they were excited to learn a lot from general practitioners, visiting specialists, and nurses because there was a wide range of what they did within a rural or regional clinic or hospital, compared to a "narrow range" in metro placements.

"In the city they can be so busy but out here, they are a lot more keen to teach you," said Mr Kato.

"All the stuff we get to do here we haven't done before," said Henry Shaw.

"Rural health was really sold to us because it is very hands-on."

Miss Musgrove said they also would like to thank the Port Lincoln community for being so welcoming in their first week.

"It's quite lovely for people to allow us to sit in on consults," she said.

The students also said they were looking forward to living near the beach and exploring the national parks.

Director of the Adelaide Rural Clinical School Dr Lucie Walters said that about 30 per cent of their students choose to spend their penultimate year in a rural area across South Australia.

"The reason we do this is there's strong evidence that having a clinical year in a rural area early in your training is the best way to encourage people to work as a rural doctor," she said.

"20 per cent of all students who have gone through the rural program are right now providing care to rural people."