Each RAMUS scholar has a rurally-based medical practitioner as a mentor.
The mentoring program gives scholars opportunities for exposure to rural practice and aims to reinforce the scholar’s ties to rural and regional Australia and to provide support to scholars during their medical studies, outside the university and formal study environment.
RAMUS scholars select their own mentor. In many cases, RAMUS mentors are doctors from scholars’ home district. Some former RAMUS scholars who are now practising in rural areas have also become RAMUS mentors.
Approximately 500 rural doctors, Australia-wide, participate in RAMUS as mentors.
Information for RAMUS Mentors provides more information about the RAMUS mentoring program and the mentors role.
RAMUS mentoring is an accredited professional development activity with ACRRM and the RACGP
Both the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) recognise mentoring of RAMUS scholarship holders as eligible activities for their professional development programs, under a category of ‘teaching medical students’.
Under the ACRRM scheme points are pro-rata: you will be eligible for one core point per hour up to a cap of 30 core points. The annual RAMUS Mentor Report form includes a section where you can record details of the ACRRM PDP points you wish to claim. RAMUS will submit a report to ACRRM on your behalf.
RAMUS mentors may be eligible for RACGP QI&CPD points. To claim your RACGP QI&CPD points, you should complete an individual application to the College’s Quality Improvement and Continuing Professional Development Program; for up to 40 category 1 points. RAMUS does not provide a report to the RACGP.
For more information about the ACRRM and RACGP requirements, please contact the Colleges directly.
The 2015 RAMUS Mentors of the year are Dr Richard Bills and Dr Horst Herb. They are profiled in the May 2016 RAMUS Newsletter.
Join RAMUS on Facebook!
RAMUS has recently launched a Facebook group just for current RAMUS scholars, current RAMUS mentors and members of the RAMUS Alumnus program. Joining the RAMUS Facebook group is a great way to stay connected with your RAMUS peers and to keep up to date with all the latest RAMUS happenings.
Membership of the RAMUS Facebook group is voluntary. If you don’t wish to join, rest assured you won’t miss out on receiving information and news about RAMUS as we will continue to communicate with you through our usual channels.