Posted on Saturday, 16 May 2015
Recommendation 1: Recruitment selection criteria for rural/remote positions (and GP training positions) should include weighting for measures associated with increased likelihood of further rural/remote practice. These include, but are not limited to: previous experience living in rural/remote settings; training placement experience(s) in rural/remote settings; known preference for, or intention to, rural/remote practice. Recommendation 2: Consideration of the need to further increase the number of rural and remote students given entry to medical schools.

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Another health worker and I were reflecting after Marie Herds talk on Monday. Neither of us had the slightest intention of working rural / remotely either during med school or for several years afterwards. We considered that it is probably our personalities of Seeking novel experiences, and Tolerance of uncertainty. Personality traits may be just as important determinants of eventual working in r and r locations