Given the geographical location of Aberdeen as the northern-most medical school in the UK, and its proximity to the Highlands and Islands, we have strong links with the practice of Remote and Rural medicine.
Thus an option is offered in years 4 and 5 to students who would like to experience healthcare in such settings and who might have a future interest in rural practice. Students who are selected for this option spend their entire 4th year at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness, with visits to remote clinics and attachments to rural GP practices wherever possible.
In final year students spend two of their three clinical attachments in a rural setting e.g. Stornoway, Orkney, Shetland. Students who undertake this option are well placed for future career training in rural medicine, a current health priority.