The Graduate School of Medicine at UOW is committed to social accountability by ensuring that our communities play a role in all of our activities. In building partnerships for mutual benefit, social inclusion and greater equity, we seek to foster staff, community and student development, especially by emphasising continued engagement with disadvantaged communities in regional and rural areas, we seek to nurture social justice commitments in our graduates. We engage with our communities in a variety of ways, through teaching and learning opportunities for our students, student scholarships, Indigenous community projects, medical training infrastructure including learning facilities or student accommodation and in research projects designed to meet the community’s needs.
In order for students to develop patient-centred, evidence-based and reflective medical practice, UOW has adopted a wide range of learning and educational approaches as well as state of the art technologies to assist in the facilitation of such learning. One of the key learning activities for medical students is the interaction between students and the community. In establishing a volunteer simulated patient program, UOW is ensuring students are able to learn and continually practice appropriate communication with real people, learn clinical skills, make diagnoses and have immediate access to feedback. To do this successfully we involve people from our local communities. If you would like to be involved, we’d like to hear from you.