Good news for our Onkaparinga Clinical Education Program (OCEP) and ultimately our medical students, with the announcement of a new partnership between OCEP and North Eastern Community Hospital (NECH) – a not-for-profit, community owned, private hospital and government-funded residential aged care facility in Campbelltown.
OCEP, which gives third year medical students the opportunity to spend their entire year of study working in a community setting, has two students placed at NECH for the rest of this year, with plans to do the same next year.
Partnerships of this type help ensure OCEP continues to provide high quality clinical education to our students, and benefit health providers and communities at the same time.
24 Flinders MD students participate each year in OCEP. Each is allocated to a general practice across suburban Adelaide for 20 weeks and (where possible) follow their patients as they receive associate care from specialists and allied health practitioners.
In the second 20-week period, the students undertake a wide range of placements in specialist practices and hospitals. This is supported by an academic program, which ensures all students meet the learning requirements of the third-year medical course.