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What is a Rural Generalist?

Rural Generalists' are general practitioners that provide a broad scope of medical care in rural communities and in their local hospital. This includes providing comprehensive primary care, emergency medicine, and additional advanced skills in specialties such as obstetrics, anaesthetics, mental health, palliative care or paediatrics.

General Practitioners' provide comprehensive primary health care within a GP setting and may perform some in hospital multipurpose service care.

For enquiries please email  HETI-RuralGeneralist@health.nsw.gov.au

Rural Generalist (Medical) Training Program

What's a rural Junior Medical Officer (JMO)?

A rural Junior Medical Officer (JMO) is in their first- or second-year post graduation (PGY1 and PGY2) on an internship within a rural NSW Hospital.

Most rural JMO’s are placed in major regional centres such as Albury, Wagga Wagga, Orange, Dubbo and Tamworth.

Why not join the Rural Doctors Network as an RDN Cadet or contact the Regional Medical Training Hubs?

Or take a look at student bodies such as

Rural Preferential Recruitment Pathway (RPR) is a merit-based recruitment process that facilitates the recruitment of rural cadets and other medical graduates to intern positions in rural hospitals within NSW.

Applicants applying via this pathway will need to complete additional applications in the Junior Medical Officers Recruitment Campaign where they address selection criteria for each intern position. If selected, applicants will be required to attend a face to face or virtual interview with the employer to assess their suitability for the position.

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(last updated October 2022)

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