Rural Hospital Medicine in New Zealand is relatively new as a distinct vocational scope. The curriculum is divided into six domains encompassing the rural hospital context, communication, clinical expertise, professionalism, scholarship and leadership and management.
Key performance areas as a rural hospital doctor
Key performances areas are assessed through a variety of methods such as academic papers, reflective portfolios, supervisor reports, StAMPS and fellowship assessment visits.
- Understand the context of rural hospital care
- Communicate with patients and other professionals in ways that facilitate optimal patient care
- Use clinical judgement to assess, diagnose, treat and manage patients in a rural hospital context
- Demonstrate cultural competency in the rural context
- Manage clinical uncertainty
- Work effectively with others to facilitate optimal care in a rural setting
- Make appropriate and safe decisions regarding referral and transfer of patients and recognise the limits of personal expertise
- Use available resources wisely to maximise health outcomes
- Recognise and address inequities in health access and outcomes
- Develop and maintain personal and professional integrity and behaviours that support effective patient care
- Participate in and contribute to the development of systems for the provision of quality care
- Contribute to population health
- Demonstrate leadership and management skills in the rural hospital context
- Undertake continued professional development as a rural hospital specialist
- Contribute to the profession of rural hospital medicine.