Student doctors Lucy McCrum and Damian Gill are learning the ropes of rural medical practices.
The medical students are in Deniliquin as part of a two-week general practice placement, which sees them shadowing local doctors.
The students say the exposure to Deniliquin’s health services has given them a greater understanding of the skill and patient diversity associated with country areas.
Mr Gill, 22, is in his fifth year of medicinal studies at the University of NSW Albury campus and is working alongside Deniliquin’s Dr Ian Dumbrell.
‘‘The placement allows us to spend time with GPs and learn what it means to be a rural GP compared to those based in the city,’’ Mr Gill said.
‘‘I’ve noticed there is more demand for rural GPs with broader skills, and it’s interesting to see how they address different population needs.’’
Mr Gill said he has enjoyed a few walks along the Edward River, and described the locals as ‘‘friendly and welcoming’’.
From Leeton, Ms McCrum is completing her first rural placement with a general practitioner.
The 23 year-old is shadowing Deniliquin doctor Marion Magee, and like Mr Gill, is also in her fifth year of study at UNSW.
‘‘It’s interesting to see the scope of practice in regional areas compared to the city — there is such diversity,’’ she said.
Both student doctors thanked their host doctors and the community for their support and hospitality.
Today is the final day of their first week in Deniliquin.