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Donna B Mak, AFPHM & University of Notre Dame Greg Stewart, AFPHM. The John Snow Scholarship: a Trojan horse approach to attracting medical students to public health. Aims. Describe the John Snow Scholarship (JSS) & its rationale Present findings from its first 5 years of implementation.
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Greg Stewart, AFPHM
No. of public health physicians
To increase the proportion of medical students who:
AFPHM John Snow Scholarship
Win one of 9 scholarships to present your work at
Population Health Congress, Tasmania, September 2015 .
Scholarship includes full conference registration ($600) and
travel assistance (up to $600)
for more information
Closing date for applications – 3rdOctober 2014
Medical students of Australian & NZ medical schools eligible to apply
Reflection (<1000 words) re MBBS work wrt 1-2 AFPHM learning objectives
Presentation plan (<500 words)
Dean’s letter of support
Double-blind summative assessment of written applications by AFPHM fellow & registrar to select state JSS recipient; assessment rubric published.
State JSS recipient practice presentation to AFPHM fellows & registrars
Formative assessment by AFPHM fellow & registrar (state-based); assessment rubric provided to JSS recipients.
JSS recipientspresent their work at RACP Congress (registration & <=$600 travel support)
Abstracts published in Internal Medicine Journal & on JSS webpage
Invited to AFPHM President’s dinner
Summative assessment of oral presentation by AFPHM fellow & registrar, & health consumer to select national winner; assessment rubric provided to JSS recipients.
NZ students eligible to apply from 2012
Being a John Snow Scholarship … allowed for a rare chance to speak at an intercontinental conference, to network with a number of elite specialists and trainees in a number of fields, and to soak up the rays of both cutting-edge Public Health and the wider scope of medicine. It's something that was ‘beyond awesome' for a 4th year student.
To anyone even mildly considering this rare opportunity, I thoroughly recommend just going for it. The scholarship is designed so that you are able to use prior work you've already completed, and to add a few thoughtful reflections to it.
Thomas Ding, NZ
I always had an interest in public health … the idea of working on the ‘big picture' of health had long appealed to me. However, until I applied for the RACP John Snow Scholarship, I didn't have a good understanding of what public health was all about.
The Population Health Congress was the first conference I attended and presented at, a rare opportunity during medical school. I was impressed by the variety of projects that all of the finalists had worked on. The questions asked by the audience challenged me on the spot and made me think about how I might work further on my health promotion project in the future.
Georgina Taylor, Tas
I received so much positive feedback that has encouraged me to consider further options for study and research in public health.
The scholarship gave me an opportunity to see a whole new world. It was too easy to be caught up in the details of clinical medicine as I went through my rotations in teaching hospitals. I had very little understanding of the overall picture of the challenges facing current and future doctors. The process of preparing for the scholarship, as well as the great presentations I saw, gave me a rare opportunity to think and analyse from a public health perspective. This experience was extraordinarily valuable, since it would be crucial to understand aspects of public health no matter what field of medicine I pursue.
It was a great experience and I strongly encourage everyone to apply. You don't need to have a piece of work fit for the MJA. I used an assignment I did in 2nd year of medical school.
Duo Wang, NSW