Author: Sanaei F, Schnitzler M, Foster K and Arnold M Publication Year: 2013
Summary: In Australia and New Zealand Medical students’ numbers have increased significantly from 2007 to 2012. This has led to growing demand for placements. The aim of this study was to assess the acceptability and feasibility of introducing medical students into clinical placements in a private hospital.
Description: North Shore Private Hospital is co-located with Royal North Shore Hospital and Northern Clinical School. Following the introduction of medical student clinical placements, focus groups and detailed interviews were conducted with 32 medical students, 28 patients, 30 Visiting Medical Officers and allied health staff. In addition, a semi-structured questionnaire was administered to 158 patients. Written student evaluation of each placement was also reviewed. Data were analysed using descriptive statistics and thematic analysis.

The aim of this study was to assess whether student teaching was practically achievable in this setting and acceptable to all participants. The views and attitudes of participants toward medical students in a private hospital were also explored.

Support files: