Years 1 and 2
These pages are for GP teachers. If you are interested in studying medicine at Bristol, please see details of our MB ChB Medicine course.
Teaching in year 1 and year 2 are on both on a Thursday, but they are never on the same dates. This is so that GP tutors can teach both year groups if they wish to do a regular teaching session across the year. To help make this easier for you, we have designed an Early Years Teaching Package.
Primary care placements form part of a course called Effective Consulting which explores clinical reasoning, clinical communication and clinical skills. Effective Consulting is integrated into student’s case-based learning cycles (these are fortnightly cycles covering Health and Wellbeing in year 1, and systems and symptoms in year 2).
In years 1 and 2 students go to North and South Bristol Practices. A session is 3 hours long. Students should meet patients in surgery and at home, observe consultations, and practice gathering clinical information through history, examination and understanding investigations, relevant to the case and consulting skill they are studying. Students alternate their visits to primary care with visits to the hospital environment. You need to give feedback during the session and individually at the end of the last session. You can have a group of four or six students.
More about Year 1...
In year 1, students have a total of 7 or 8 sessions in a practice. In October/November, students attend fortnightly on four occasions as part of an introductory course called Foundations of Medicine which introduces them to the healthcare environment and talking with patients and clinicians. The students then come out to practices 3 or 4 more times across the year and will focus on a different case and consultation skill each time.
More about Year 2...
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.
Useful links for Year 1 GP teachers
Foundations of Medicine September - November
Case Based Learning December - May
- Year 1 Clinical Contact Tutor Guide: Human Health and Wellbeing (PDF, 1,178kB)
- Year 1 Clinical Contact Tutor Guide: Cardiovascular and Gathering (PDF, 866kB)
- Year 1 Clinical Contact Tutor Guide: Respiratory and Formulating (PDF, 805kB)
- Year 1 Clinical Contact Tutor Guide: GI and Explaining (PDF, 836kB)
- Year 1 Clinical Contact Tutor Guide: Urinary (PDF, 880kB)
- Year 1 Clinical Contact Tutor Guide: Neurological system (PDF, 971kB)
- For more information on student wellbeing, see our Student Wellbeing page
Other useful documents
- Year 1 workshop reports can be downloaded from this link
Useful links for Year 2 GP teachers
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