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FRAME Survey Description

Australian Rural Clinical Schools (RCS) and Rural Medical Schools (RMS) have collaborated through the Federation of Australian Medial Educators (FRAME) to develop a national exit questionnaire to collect demographic, educational, experiential and intentional data from students completing their rural clinical school experience. This survey commenced in 2006 under the capable leadership of Prof Dawn DeWitt, and is now recognised as an MSOD sub-study allowing data linkage with Medical School entry and exit survey results.

The FRAME survey management group includes: A/Prof Craig McLachlan (UNSW), Prof Denese Playford (UWA), A/Prof David Campbell (Monash) and Prof Sally Owen (ANU) and is Chaired by A/Prof Lucie Walters (FU).

The aims of the FRAME survey are threefold:

  • To support RCS/RMSs to report to the RCTS Commonwealth parameters
  • To progress knowledge creation regarding rural medical education
  • To provide external groups with opportunity to commission research

Individual de-identified data sets are owned by each medical school participating. An annual report is provided to each RCS/RMS outlining their descriptive statistics and the descriptive statistics for the total cohort. The focus of questionnaires has changed over time as FRAME data answers initial questions, and deeper understanding of the impact of rural exposure during clinical training is developed. Individual de-identified data sets are owned by each medical school participating. An annual report is provided to each RCS/RMS outlining their descriptive statistics and the descriptive statistics for the total cohort. The focus of questionnaires has changed over time as FRAME data answers initial questions, and deeper understanding of the impact of rural exposure during clinical training is developed. Previous questionnaires and annual demographic data can be found here.

FRAME Survey 2009  /  2009 FRAME Results

FRAME Survey 2010  /  2010 FRAME Results

FRAME Survey 2011  /  2011 FRAME Results

FRAME Survey 2012 / 2012 Report

FRAME RCS Exit Survey 2013

In 2013 working parties are writing up current results around the following issues:

  • Impact of conscription on student experience and student career intent
  • Does level of enjoyment affect career outcomes
  • Effect of Clinical Epistemology on career intent
  • Effect of student supports on career intent

Progress on all these projects will be presented at the FRAME Conference in 2013.

Ethics approval has been obtained for the 2013 survey which will focus on student educational, emotional and social wellbeing during rural clinical school experience, in line with Commonwealth Government new Parameters. This project will be delivered either online, or as a paper-based survey. Students will be asked to complete the survey in the period 4 weeks prior to completing, to 8 weeks after completing, their rural clinical school experience. For details please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

De Witt, D., R. McLean, et al. (2005). "Development of a common national questionnaire to evaluate student perception about the Australian Rural Clinical Schools Program." Rural and Remote Health 5: 486 Available from http://rrh.org.au/publishedarticles/article_print_486.pdf

Krahe, L., A. McColl, et al. (2010). "A multi-university study of which factors medical students consider when deciding to attend a rural clinical school in Australia." Rural and Remote Health 10: 1477  Available from http://www.rrh.org.au/publishedarticles/article_print_1477.pdf

McLean, R., J. Pallant, et al. (2010). "A multi-university evaluation of the rural clinical school experience of Australian medical students." Rural and Remote Health 10:1492 Available from: http://www.rrh.org.au/publishedarticles/article_print_1492.pd

Walker, J. H., D. De Witt, et al. (2012). "Rural origin plus a rural clinical school placement is a significant predictor of medical students' intentions to practice rurally: a multi-university study." Rural and Remote Health 12: 1908 Available at http://www.rrh.org.au/publishedarticles/article_print_1908.pdf

FRAME National RCS Project & Secure Data Linkage