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Grizzled


Joined: 01 Apr 2008
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Location: Perth, WA

PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 9:19 am    Post subject: MRBS Reply with quote

Hi guys...

I just had someone PM me with a question about the MRBS. Are any of you thinking about it, or keen for it?

What are your thoughts?
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vagos_7
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Joined: 25 Nov 2009
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Location: regional victoria.

PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 2:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

what did you tell the kid who asked?..

as this money is tax free will it not interfere with centrelink payments?
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Lovebite
Grizzled


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 1:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I knew a girl who took an MRBS and she continued to get centrelink. I'm not saying that she was, or wasn't supposed to, but she was able to continue receiving it. My understanding was that she disclosed everything to centrelink... I never believed her to be the kind of person to defraud the government.

The advice I give anyone thinking about MRBS is this:

Do you need the MRBS in order to be able to manage? if the answer is yes, then take it.... if not, then think VERY seriously about the commitment you are signing up to.

This is going to mean you have to spend 4-6 years in a rural area, ten years from now. This scares me quite a bit..... because I'm a pretty well organised guy... I'm built my life, I know where I'm headed, and I'm not 20 anymore.... yet I wouldn't dare tell you where I'll be in ten years, yet alone what I will want.

If you're single, think about how that might effect your future relationships... its a huge roadblock.

Right now, the first MRBS students are just entering training programs, and after fellowship, they will have reasonable choices for where they go.... remember that you can only really go somewhere if there is demand.... otherwise you'll be struggling to fit into a town, build a life and a business if its already over supplied.

Here is my fear: right now, you can hit some pretty major regional centres... The Gippsland, Wagga, Bunbury, Geraldton are all reasonable places, or you could go to the postcard locations Broome, Margaret river, etc... but will those places be genuinely available in 10 years, when YOUR MRBS return is due? will you find yourself instead somewhere LESS than desirable, for 6 years.

In my intake (2009), we had 3 MRBS places..... but only 2 were taken up. Thats right, out of 100 students, they could only convince 2 that it was a good decision.

The government rarely gives you something for nothing.... remember that.

If you take it, good for you, and I respect your choice.... after all, I think that we all have to sometimes make deals with the devil to get where we want to be. I would have done anything I needed to in order to survive.... But don't do it so you have extra cash...... that would be very short sighted, EVEN if you intend to go rural.... because, and here's the thing, it takes away your choices, and if medicine does anything, it opens your eyes to just how many professional options you have.

J
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vagos_7
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Joined: 25 Nov 2009
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Location: regional victoria.

PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i really appreciate the follow up. thanks a lot for all the info Smile
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eisoj
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Joined: 27 Jul 2010
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ba, stupid forum didn't let me send my post because I put a link in... Have to start again. I hate when that happens!
Anyway, I recall reading that the rural regions depends on what was considered rural when you signed the contract. The contract you sign will be legally binding and so you will have on paper an agreement of where you can and cant work. Even if the area you originally wanted to work in becomes more urbanised, they can't change their minds once the contract is signed... However, I dont remember where I heard this so maybe look into it first. I think it makes sense though.
Secondly, where you can work depends on whether you want to do GP or a specialty. Some rural areas have huge demand for specialists. You can have a look at the regions on a map at the doctorconnect website once there click on search map.
Specialists can work in areas 2 (inner regional) and above
GPs can work in areas 3 and above.
Here in Adelaide theres a little regional hospital which now thanks to the expressway is only 10-15 mins down the road. Technically its still considered regional. I would totally take the scholarship if all I had to do was work there for a few years!!!
Peace out y'all!
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Grizzled


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Location: Perth, WA

PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 6:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ask yourself whether you really think there will be places there in 10 years time, when there are 12 cohorts of MRBS graduates, many of whom will have similar ideas to you.

It is my opinion that as the places fill, opportunities will dry up in regional areas, and you'll be forced into more and more remote areas.
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