David J. Prideaux

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BACKGROUND Preparing healthcare professionals for teaching is regarded as essential to enhancing teaching effectiveness. Although many reports describe various faculty development interventions, there is a paucity of research demonstrating their effectiveness. OBJECTIVE To synthesize the existing evidence that addresses the question: "What are the effects(More)
INTRODUCTION In an attempt to address the rural medical workforce maldistribution and the concurrent inappropriate caseload at the urban tertiary teaching hospitals, Flinders University and the Riverland Division of General Practice decided to pilot, in 1997, an entire year of undergraduate clinical curriculum in Australian rural general practice. This(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine whether moving clinical medical education out of the tertiary hospital into a community setting compromises academic standards. DESIGN Cohort study. SETTING Flinders University four year graduate entry medical course. In their third year, students are able to choose to study at the tertiary teaching hospital in Adelaide, in rural(More)
In the eyes of many, the critical shortage of doctors in rural areas is the only reason for providing rural experiences for medical students. This article reviews the body of evidence supporting rural placements as a long-term medical workforce strategy and additional evidence regarding the apparent educational benefits of such placements. By enabling(More)
Assessment for selection in medicine and the health professions should follow the same quality assurance processes as in-course assessment. The literature on selection is limited and is not strongly theoretical or conceptual. For written testing, there is evidence of the predictive validity of Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) for medical school and(More)
CONTEXT AND OBJECTIVES Good clinical teaching is central to medical education but there is concern about maintaining this in contemporary, pressured health care environments. This paper aims to demonstrate that good clinical practice is at the heart of good clinical teaching. METHODS Seven roles are used as a framework for analysing good clinical(More)
The changing role of medicine in society and the growing expectations patients have of their doctors means that the content and delivery of medical curricula also have to change. The focus of health care has shifted from episodic care of individuals in hospitals to promotion of health in the community, and from paternalism and anecdotal care to negotiated(More)
CONTEXT This paper aims to consider why general practitioners (GPs) teach, in particular by defining the longitudinal supervisory relationships between rural clinician-preceptors and students. METHODS A total of 41 individual semi-structured interviews were conducted with GPs, practice managers and students. All interviews were audiotaped, transcribed and(More)
Problem-based learning (PBL) in medical education uses clinical cases as the context for students to study basic and clinical sciences. Its possible advantages over traditional approaches include its greater relevance to the practice of medicine, its ability to promote retention and application of knowledge, and its encouragement of self-directed life-long(More)