New to teaching?
If you've not taught Bristol medical students before, this is the page for you!
What's the teaching like?
One great thing about the course at Bristol is that primary care teaching has something for everyone. It ranges from apprenticeship style in years 4 and 5 to having small groups in years 1-3.
Which year is best if I'm new to teaching?
Each year has different rewards and challenges. The best thing is to pick the style you feel most comfortable with - have a look at the teaching overview below, and for more detail, see the individual year pages.
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 there are a total of 6 sessions in a practice. In the Autumn students cover: Skin, Body Defence, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, and Anaemia, Blood & Clotting. In GP, students should learn about the clinical themes being taught from the patients they meet in practice. After Christmas, the cases cover specific symptoms; low mood, chest pain, breathlessness, abdominal symptoms, joint pain, urinary thirst and weight loss, headache and collapse. For this symptom-based teaching, GP tutors should invite two patients with conditions relevant to the symptom the students are covering and help students practice gathering clinical information through history, examination and investigation.
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.
How do I get involved?
Do I need any teaching qualifications?
Not at all. We run a series of free workshops for our GP teachers, including one for new GP teachers. You can start teaching before you have had a chance to attend a teaching workshop. Our GP teacher guidebooks have all the information you need and you can get advice from our GP academy and GP year leads.
We're a long way from Bristol - can we still teach Bristol medical students?
We run a clinical academies system. Whilst year 1 and 2 placements are generally concentrated around the Bristol area, our year 3, 4 and 5 placements are often further afield. We have clinical academies in Swindon, Somerset (Taunton and Yeovil), Gloucestershire (Gloucester and Cheltenham), Bath, Weston as well as North and South Bristol. Sometimes our placements are even further afield - if in doubt, contact us!
Map of clinical academies
Do I get paid for teaching?
Yes. Please see our payment for teaching page for current payment rates.
How can I stay informed about future teaching opportunities?
How do I organise teaching in my practice?
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