Information for GP teachers
Welcome to the teaching part of the CAPC website.
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There has never been a more exciting time to teach University of Bristol medical students in general practice. The medical school curriculum review, MB21, is placing increased emphasis on community teaching. GPs who get involved in training tomorrow's doctors find the experience rewarding and inspiring.
Did you know:
- over 150 practices across the region take University of Bristol medical students
- 75% of GP registrars are more likely to apply for a salaried job that includes regular teaching as part of the job role
- teaching improves morale amongst GPs and practice staff
- teaching helps you stay up to date
- we run a free CPD progamme for our teachers
- you can keep up to date through our newsletters and by following us on Twitter @CAPCteaching
- email firstname.lastname@example.org to join the team
See what our GP teachers have to say about the benefits of teaching in the video below:
See below to find out more about the teaching in each year
Students only go to Bristol practices in year 1. They have 7 or 8 sessions in practice on a Thursday. They have 4 placements in their Foundations of Medicine block to introduce them to the healthcare environment and talking with patients. The second part of the year sees the start of the Case Based Learning (CBL) cycle where the students spend two weeks discussing a particular case. The students will come out to practice on 3 or 4 of their CBL cycles where they will meet patients and practice basic clinical skills linked to the particular case they are studying. For each case based fortnight students will alternate their visits to primary care with secondary care visits.
In year 2, students have 4 clinical weeks spread through the academic year. Each week addresses a different system; week 1 – cardio-vascular, week 2 - respiratory, week 3 - gastrointestinal, week 4 - neurology. For each system students have one session in General Practice. GP teachers need to invite two patients with conditions relevant to the system the students are studying and teach students how to take a history and examine a patient. You need to give feedback during the session and individually at the end of the last session. You would have a group of four students. Teaching weeks are fixed and in Oct., Nov., Dec. and March
This is the start of their clinical years and the year is divided into three blocks – Junior Medicine and Surgery, MDEMO and Pathology and Ethics. Students spend half the year in a Bristol Academy and the other half in an outside Academy. In each academy students have 4 half day sessions with a GP teacher. The organisation of teaching dates is academy specific. Students come to General Practice in groups of 3 to 5 (but usually a group of 4) students. You would be teaching history taking, consulting and examining skills – an extension and consolidation of the teaching in Year 2. In addition you would teach how to investigate, diagnose, manage conditions and prescribe. You need to provide feedback during the sessions and individually at the end of the last session with each group.
Students usually have a four week attachment. Some choose to have 2 two week attachments, one urban and one rural/residential. You would have one student shadowing you and being observed by you. You would be teaching consulting and clinical skills, prescribing, diagnosis making, patient management and provide insight and experience how General Practice works.
As part of their ‘Preparing for Professional Practice’ course students now spend 4 weeks in General Practice, an increase from 2 weeks last year. They go to GP surgeries in pairs and observe each other in shared surgeries. We recognise the diversity of ‘what comes through the door’ in general practice and so are no longer asking you to teach to prescribed themes but rather focus on developing the students by asking them to provide care to your patients, both in and out of the consulting room.
Student Choice (formerly SSCs)
There are opportunities for students to do Student Choice projects in Primary Care and audit projects in general practices are popular. You would be supervising a student doing a project of your or their choice, including marking the completed project. For more information, see our Student Choice pages.