Locals needed to handpick future medical workforce

26 Jun 2019

The University of Queensland Rural Clinical School is calling for volunteers to take part in a panel to interview the next crop of local medical students in Rockhampton.

UQ Rural Clinical School Head Professor Sarah Strasser said the University was looking for 10 volunteers to help interview future students. 

Medical students outside the UQ Rural Clinical
School in Rockhampton

“To gain entry to the UQ medical degree, students are required to pass what is called a Multiple Mini Interview, which sits alongside the academic requirements,” Professor Strasser said.

“These interviews assess students’ non-academic abilities such as empathy, emotional intelligence and the ability to relate to a cross-section of people, which is why we are asking for local members of the community to take part.”

Volunteers will receive full training ahead of the interviews.

“Ultimately, the goal of the Rural Clinical School is to cultivate high-quality rural doctors,” Professor Strasser said.

“We would be very grateful to any local volunteers who could help in the selection process of our future medical workforce.”

The training session will take place on Saturday 27 July, between 10am–12.30pm, at the Rural Clinical School in Rockhampton. 

Interviews will be held on Saturday 14 September, in a two-hour block. 

Interested volunteers can contact the Rockhampton office on (07) 4999 2999 or register online.

Only those who undertake training will be able to volunteer for the interviews in September.

Media: Rural Clinical School Communications, Phoebe Grealy, p.grealy@uq.edu.au, +61 (0) 430 726 280.