Career choices of the first seven cohorts of JCU MBBS graduates: producing generalists for regional, rural and remote northern Australia.

Affiliation

James Cook University, College of Medicine & Dentistry, Townsville, Qld 4810, Australia [Email]

Abstract

Generalism in the health workforce has been established as an important strategy to address health workforce maldistribution. Thus, to best serve the medical needs of northern Australia, the James Cook University (JCU) College of Medicine and Dentistry has a mission to produce graduates who both practise in the region and have a generalist orientation. This study investigated the postgraduate qualifications and key factors that shaped the current career choice of JCU medical graduates, and whether JCU graduates are more likely to choose generalist careers than other Australian medical practitioners of a similar level of experience.

Keywords

generalist, medical, specialty, workforce,Australia,

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