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Rural Medical Immersion Programme (RMIP)

The one-year-long Rural Medical Immersion Programme (RMIP) for fifth-year medical students offers an exciting new generation of learning. It integrates community, primary, secondary, and tertiary medical care through real-life experiential learning across the three clinical schools of Otago School of Medicine.

RMIP students cover the full fifth year curriculum in their own rural learning and living environment. During this time they are guided and mentored by:

  • Local and visiting tertiary hospital specialists
  • Māori health faculty and providers
  • Mental health teams
  • Midwives
  • Pharmacists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Rural general practitioners
  • Rural hospital generalists
  • Rural nurses

The RMIP is extremely rich in clinical expertise and talent. Teaching and marking of case reports is undertaken by consultants from the University of Otago, and the RMIP teachers themselves.

Our staff work to develop innovative methods for full and timely remote delivery of the curriculum. Rapidly developing IT, audio and video conferencing equipment, and networks play a large part in facilitating remote access to city-based specialist services, and in maintaining critical communication lines with fellow students, colleagues, administration, and the medical community as a whole. This is improving the daily operating facts of rural general practice and provincial hospitals.

With this raft of resources, and a strong emphasis on self-directed learning, the academic results of the RMIP students have been very impressive, with outcomes progressively building each year.

Students in Blenheim 2014
RMIP students from Blenheim teaching centre

RMIP class of 2016 20
RMIP class of 2016

Branko teaching
RMIP residential, Branko demonstrating a baby check

RMIP students at a marae
RMIP students at a marae

Students, fire and ambulance personnel work at mock accident Clutha
Students, fire and ambulance personnel at a mock vehicle accident in Clutha