This page offers a quick overview of resources for our GP tutors and introduces the support we offer.
Join our team – we are expanding our network of GP tutors in 2018 as our student numbers go up. There are opportunities to teach students across all stages of the General Practice course at the University of Cambridge Clinical School and for different levels of commitment in terms of teaching time. Teaching in GP can add substantial budget, provide additional interest to GPs in a practice and is a vital component in the training of our future doctors.
Contact GPEG for more information:
Tel: 01223 762516 or email: email@example.com
About GP teaching at the University of Cambridge
The Cambridge GP teaching is designed to allow:
- Small group practice based experiential learning, maximum group size 4 students
- GP teacher able to continue contributing to clinical work whilst teaching
- Support for teachers via course development meetings, on-line resources, practice visits and the Cambridge Integrated Foundation in Medical Education course
- Realistic reimbursement for GP time and administrative support required for teaching.
- Longitudinal placements – you get to know a group of students over a period of time
- Residential placements – by providing payment for student accommodation and travel, we are able to utilise practices away from Cambridge
Top tips for GP Tutors
- Model professional behaviour – remember that what you say and do can have an enormous impact on students.
- Give students a decent orientation to GP on their first day, but avoid making this too long. Get students consulting with patients from their first day in practice onwards.
- Make students feel part of the practice: ensure that they contribute to the team. For example, they could present patients at MDT/ safeguarding meetings.
- Be enthusiastic: students comment on this as part of a positive experience in GP.
- Develop a database of appropriate patients to invite for teaching sessions that all doctors contribute to; patients may be consented for this when initially seen.
- Make the objectives of each session clear, and review these at the end.
- Have a brief discussion of ‘take home’ points at the end of surgery or teaching sessions.
- E-mail students in advance about tutorial topics, so that they can consider learning needs.
- Use props, e.g. investigation results, to base teaching around.
- Year 6: identify suitable palliative care patients and introduce students to them early.
Who can teach on the primary care course?
Our requirements for teaching practices are not onerous. Practices should have:
- Enthusiastic GP teachers with support for teaching across the practice
- Enough space (usually one spare consulting room is adequate)
- Access to the internet
In order to ensure excellence for our students, we work with our GP tutors and their host practices so that they all demonstrate a clearly defined set of Teacher and Practice Standards. Our Standards are explicitly related to those laid down by the Eastern Deanery for GP registrar training – we make dual accreditation as simple as possible, to help practices who want to deliver teaching in more than one area. Before you begin teaching, we’ll discuss our teaching requirements, how we can support you and ensure that your practice is able to meet our standards.
The support we offer
University of Cambridge IFME – the Integrated Foundations of Medical Education teaching programme will enable you to develop your teaching skills, learn how to deliver feedback to students and develop as a teacher. Free for our GP tutors. This modular course is designed for clinicians and usually takes 6-9 months to complete. See more on MedEd. Request access by emailing our team if you are a prospective GP tutor.
Our annual Teaching the Teachers meetings – we keep you up to date with the curriculum and offer opportunities to gain skills in order to meet our Standards.
Guidance for GP Tutors who would like to offer SSCs (Student Selected Components) – we brief interested tutors each year and can connect you with a member of our research team as needed
Remuneration – our formulae are fixed by clinical and organisational time spent on enabling and delivering teaching
Online course resources and GP Tutor handbook – all held on the University’s MedED website for students and Clinical School teaching staff (password protected).
If you are a prospective GP tutor and don’t yet have a MedEd password, contact GPEG by phoning 01223 762516 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll provide the information you need.
Learning about general practice and primary care
All our Cambridge students attend general practice placements and study topics relevant to primary care, throughout their three years at the Clinical School, whatever their final career destination. Our GP tutors recognise that learning on the Primary Care Course is relevant both within and beyond the primary care context. The course involves learning about the specialty of primary care, about clinical medicine as a whole, about organisation and teamworking, about professional relationships and about a clinical method which encompasses communication skills and respect for patients – Clinical and Communication Skills.
Students, whether they go for a career in primary care, academic primary care or elsewhere, will find our GP course a keystone for their overall professional development. Moreover, all doctors interact with primary care in many different ways and all their patients will live in a community. So helping our students to develop a feel for the community that they will serve and the factors that affect health and disease in the community is a crucial part of our role.
Equally, those students who do choose primary care should be able to look back on their experiences with us as an engaging and solid introduction to their chosen specialism. So our role as GP Tutors is to offer students the best possible opportunities for learning in primary care and to guide students in making the most of them.
– Dr John Benson, Senior Lecturer and Director at GPEG (to 2018)
Want to be a GP tutor? Take action now
Are you keen to develop your interest in medical education?
Are you in practice as a GP in the east of England region?
Would you and your practice colleagues enjoy providing students with formative clinical experience that could shape their career decisions and inspire them to become GPs of the future?
We are expanding our team of GP Tutors in 2017 and 2018 and are keen to hear from you if you are interested in becoming a GP tutor with us.
Contact GPEG for more information
Tel: 01223 762516 or email: email@example.com
Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education 2017
Designed collaboratively by the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education and the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine’s Clinical Deanery. This Postgraduate Certificate is a one-year, part-time Master’s-level programme resulting in 60 FHEQ Level-7 credits and the University of Cambridge award. See more
Image credit: Dr Jon Ferdinand at the Primary Care Unit