1. Medical Schools Outcome Database (MSOD) to continue collecting data from the commencement of medical school (commencing medical school questionnaire) to capture commencing preferences, specifically rural preferences. A national, systematic data collection on medical students and career pathways is required to ensure evidence-based policy development. 2. When analysing MSOD data to investigate graduates’ rural preferences and work locations, researchers should control for the effect of commencing preference by including it as a covariate. Adjusting for this factor is crucial when analysing the effectiveness of other programs such as rural placements, scholarships and extended rural exposure, as without this adjustment effects could be overestimated.
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