Learning can occur in the most unlikely of circumstances, but can rural junior doctors learn from their time-critical telephone conversations with aeromedical retrieval specialists as they arrange for critically ill and injured patients to be transferred from a rural to a city hospital? We asked junior rural doctors about their thoughts and experiences. We asked their senior colleagues from both rural hospitals and the aeromedical retrieval teams for their opinions too.
Rural junior doctors found these situations stressful. Sometimes they were too stressed and unable to think clearly or learn. At other times they learnt valuable skills. Although there are competing demands, it appears that rural junior doctors can learn on the fly.
Data collection and analysis is complete and a paper is being written.