Rural Placement

rural placement for doctors'I have to go to the country next week to relieve for a month.

How the hell do I get there?

Where will I be staying? Will I be sharing?

How far is it from the hospital?

Will there be bed linen and stuff? Microwave, TV?

Where will I pick up the keys?

What time do I start on the first day?

How do I get my roster?

What am I expected to wear?

How will I get around? Is there a supermarket close by?

Who's going to look after my dog?'



Tips for dealing with Rural Placement

  • Contact the rural placement and gather as much information as you can before you leave.
  • Try to go with someone you know (your partner, a colleague).
  • Get involved in something you enjoy. Join something local.
  • If you are invited to something, go - even if you don't like it.
  • Hang out with others who are also strangers to the place.
  • Email, talk or Skype back home.
  • Arrange for visitors 1/3 of the way through the term and visit them 2/3 of the way through the term.
  • Most people end up having a really good time and are sad to leave


An initiative of the Doctors’ Health Advisory Service (NSW), the Medical Benevolent Association, the AMA Doctors in Training Group, the Resident Medical Officers’ Associations, the Australian Medical Students’ Association, the Clinical Education and Training Institute and the NSW Employee Assistance Program with funding from the Medical Board of NSW (2009).