Two new student training centers for University of Queensland (UQ) medical and allied health students opened this week at Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee and Redland hospitals in Australia. The new centers give both hospitals dedicated teaching areas for students and office space for academic and administrative staff – something they lacked before, according to UQ School of Medicine Head Professor Darrell Crawford.

The training facilities give students the opportunity to integrate into a clinical environment and apply what they learn in classrooms to a real-life setting – its “rooms are equipped with high-speed internet services and video-conferencing, allowing the centers to fully support remote teaching and enable staff and students to actively engage in knowledge exchange with our other local and offshore clinical schools,” says UQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Høj. The facilities were built with $2.2 million from the Federal Government Health Workforce Australia Fund and $1.15 million from UQ, on hospital campus sites provided by the State Government’s Metro South Hospital and Health Service.

About 300 UQ medical students rotate through the Redland and QEII Jubilee hospitals each year for specialist training in medicine, surgery, gynecology and critical care disciplines – and another 100 students from other UQ schools rotate through the sites for clinical training in areas such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and pharmacy.