Rural Clinical School

Providing exceptional clinical training experiences in a rural context

Established in 2002, our Rural Clinical School (RCS) works to foster and sustain a skilled and dynamic medical workforce to meet the needs of rural, regional and remote Queensland. UQRCS is the largest rural clinical school in Australia hosted by a single university.

We pride ourselves on providing students with rigorous clinical training, built upon hands-on experiences in hospitals and community-based practices. We provide our students the unique opportunity to live, work and immerse themselves in some of Queensland’s captivating rural, regional and remote locations.

Our classrooms are the public and private hospitals, specialist consulting rooms, general practices and community healthcare settings throughout rural Queensland. Our teachers are dedicated and passionate rural clinicians. 

The Rural Clinical School is headed by Associate Professor Riitta Partanen.  


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Rural Clinical School makes a positive impact on the medical workforce of rural Queensland

  • We encourage and support students from rural backgrounds to pursue careers in medicine. More than a quarter of our students come from rural backgrounds.
  • We encourage and support medical students to pursue careers in rural health. More than a quarter of our students will spend a year or more at a RCS site and our graduates are more than twice as likely to work in rural areas.
  • We deliver unique benefits to both our students and rural communities.
  • We provide our students with a clinical training experience like no other.
  • We provide rural Queensland with a capable workforce and ongoing opportunities for professional development.