3rd Year Longlook Program

A longitudinal approach in the comprehensive third year Longlook program means Griffith University Third Year Medical Students work in a rural hospital for the year completing all curriculum requirements throughout the year rather than in short-term based rotations. For learning, the advantage of this approach is to see and participate in longitudinal care of chronic disease and other conditions that evolve, develop and are managed over longer periods than a term rotation.

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Students work within the rural health team, fully integrated and learning as they go. Students are supervised by on-site junior doctors, registrars (training specialists) and specialist rural generalists and general practitioners.

Longlook students also have a unique opportunity to see patient medical care integrated from primary care in the community through to specialist care and back to their community.

A patient-centred approach recognizes that the majority of learning occurs from seeing and learning from patients in a safe environment. Students readily cover the curricula for these years of medicine learning around their work practicing to be ready for internship on graduation.

Third Year students choose one of the Griffith Rural major training sites in rural southern Queensland. The hub of the program on the Darling Downs is in Toowoomba, though students only visit this location for teaching and learning on Hub Days and specialist visits such as Radiation-oncology Queensland and the Toowoomba Acute Mental Health Unit. Students are based at Gympie, Kingaroy, Dalby, Warwick, Stanthorpe and Beaudesert hospitals for third year Longlook placements.

Year 3 Longlook Program Blocks










Mental Health


Aged Care

42 weeks

25 hours a week hospital attendance

2 days/month in Toowoomba for hub teaching

One week each in Toowoomba for ROC and AMHU

One week Gold Coast for CLEIMS

Attendance at Toowoomba or Gold Coast for exams

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