General Practice

Welcome to the Primary Care

General Practice Placements

In Year 3 you have a chance to learn in General Practice in each Unit. You will be in groups of 3-5 students and have 4 GP sessions during Junior Medicine and Surgery and 2 sessions each during MDEMO and Pathology and Ethics.

These are flexible learning opportunities and can be tailored to your needs. For example you can discuss with your GP which conditions you would like to cover and what types of patients would be helpful. Students tell us that they particularly like the relaxed small group atmosphere which makes it easy to ask questions and helps to develop confidence.

We have produced a GP Student Guidebook (PDF). This covers

The learning log and forms we would like you to use in your GP placements are at the back of your GP guidebook. The guidebook and forms are also in your GP Blackboard course. 


Primary Care contributes questions to the Junior Medicine and Surgery exam. More information is available in the assessments section on the Medical School website. 

'Putting it all together' e-tutorials

These tutorials are intended to help 3rd year students to learn how to ‘put it all together’. By this we mean integrating medical knowledge, examination and consultation skills into a diagnosis or problem formulation when seeing a patient and making a management plan. Both tutorials provide a detailed analysis of the consultations.

Essential Clinical Communication - key tasks of the consultation

This is a eight-part tutorial series developed by the UK Council of Communication Skills Teaching in Undergraduate Medical Education. (UoB access only)

Please note that you will need to install the Adobe Flash Player to view the content.

Year 4

In year 4, you have a four week attachment to a GP practice. This is a unique opportunity during your time at medical school to have a month of close supervision and teaching on a 1:1 basis with an experienced senior clinician. Feedback from the placements is overwhelmingly positive. In particular, it helps students develop their consultation skills including decision making and risk management as well as prescribing. During the attachment we also expect that you will develop knowledge of many common conditions seen in primary care.

Year 5

As part of your ‘Preparing for Professional Practice’ course you will spend 4 weeks in a GP surgery in pairs. During this attachment we expect you to consult with patients, either individually or as pairs. Your GP supervisor will develop your skills by asking YOU to provide care to their patients, both in and out of the consulting room. This attachment will give you essential skills for starting work as a junior doctor.

List of prizes and Bursaries in Primary Care

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