IMGs can save rural practice

Dr Joshi said IMGs would play a crucial role in turning around the negative perceptions of rural general practice that experts claim are given to young doctors as they complete their medical training.

National Rural Health Alliance Executive Director, Gordon Gregory recently said medical students were often given “negative signs and signals about rural practice”.

“We have got to point the finger at medical schools and say, you can help address the workforce imbalance but there needs to be a cultural shift. We can’t have academic leaders putting rural practice down,” he said.

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