Background: In 2009, Flinders University established an urban, community-based, longitudinal integrated program providing medical students extended placements that offered continuities of patient care, clinical supervision and peer group.
Objective: The aim of this research was to analyse academic outcomes of the new placement program.
Methods: The results of all students undertaking Year 3 exams from 2011 to 2014 were collected and analysed. The Years 1 and 2 exam results for students in the new program were also analysed.
Results: Students in the new placement program achieved significantly higher grades than those who undertook the traditional rotations program, with aver-age scores of 69.05, compared with 66.45 (P = 0.03). Analysis of average class ranking for students who undertook the new program showed a statistically significant improvement from 59th in class to 48th in class (P = 0.03).
Discussion: This evaluation shows that an urban, community-based, longitudinal integrated clerkship centred in general practice provides at least academically equivalent outcomes to traditional rotations-based programs.