Rural longitudinal integrated clerkships and medical workforce outcomes: a scoping review protocol
journal contributionposted on 2022-03-01, 00:00 authored by Jessica BeattieJessica Beattie, Marley BinderMarley Binder, Lara FullerLara Fuller
IntroductionThe shortage of doctors in rural locations is an international problem, contributing to limited access to healthcare and a health disparity between rural and metropolitan populations. To encourage additional doctors to work in rural locations, more doctors than ever are being trained in rural settings. One rural clerkship model that is gaining recognition for fostering rural careers is the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship. Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship programmes vary in terms of settings and durations, but at their core have the fundamental commonality of continuity, with students learning the curriculum in an integrated manner. The scoping review will synthesise the literature pertaining to medical workforce outcomes of rural Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship programmes, to uncover areas that require further research and establish elements of medical education programme design that positively influence rural workforce outcomes.Methods and analysisThe review will follow Arksey and O’Malley’s six step scoping review framework. MEDLINE, CINAHL complete (EBSCOhost), Scopus, Embase (Elsevier) and ISI Web of Science databases will be searched along with Google, Google Scholar, ProQuest and WHO library database. Single design studies examining the geographic work locations and/or medical specialty of rural Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship graduates will be included. Data from quantitative and mixed-methods studies will be included. Only studies written in English will be included. There will be no date range restriction imposed on the reviewed studies. Two reviewers will independently screen and critically appraise the articles to determine if they meet the inclusion criteria. Data from eligible studies will be extracted for synthesis.Ethics and disseminationScoping reviews do not require ethics approval. Results will be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal and may be presented at relevant conferences. The findings will also be shared within the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship community of medical educators.