Med students on placement: helping hands or in the way on the wards

Can medical students in clinical placements can help with the COVID-19 surge, unless they get in the way

In South Australia opinion is divided. Flinders U wants to keep them in the field. “At this stage, there is consensus that placements should continue for now, aligned with SA Health’s and NT Health’s position that students should not be withdrawn from hospitals. This is also consistent with other jurisdictions, and the approach taken by almost all medical schools across Australia.” Jonathan Craig executive dean medicine and public health tells students.

But Uni Adelaide is hard-no with executive dean of health and medical sciences Benjamin Kile moving to suspend all student placements immediately and indefinitely.

“We appreciate the health sector is under a great deal of pressure and we hope the removal of students will clear the way for health professionals to manage their own priorities,” a university message to providers states.