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In February, the Undergraduate Teaching Team launched their inaugural fourth year Special Study Module (SSM) in Primary Care.

Two students were given bespoke timetables, tailored to their clinical and research interests. Student Emily Swift split her time between Palliative Care and General Practice, producing an excellent poster project on the merits and disadvantages of home visiting. Adam Carter gained insight into the life of an academic GP, shadowing Dr Abi Moore’s work both in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and her clinical practice. He will be involved in a systematic review looking at methods to diagnose wound infection in a community setting.

In addition, both students experienced a day in the life of a GP ST3 with our current Education Fellow, Hayley Parkes. They attended seminars in the teaching department, run by members of the team. In their final week, they went on a trip to London, attending teaching at the RCGP and visiting the Wellcome Collection.

The students had this to say about the Special Study Module:

Emily Swift:

“I spent time at Sobell House and with the community palliative care nurses on home visits. This was a really humbling experience and a great chance to see how the work of different clinicians fits together to provide well-coordinated care for those approaching the end of their lives. I also spent a few days a week at a large GP practice in Banbury. As well as a very diverse clinical experience, I learned a great deal about the administrative and financial commitments of GPs, as well as their public health responsibilities (particularly those resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic). Throughout the placements, I was really lucky to meet many GPs who were keen to discuss their training and careers, and their appreciation for the flexibility and variety of experiences which general practice facilitates”.

Adam Carter:

“My four weeks was divided between work at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and GP placements. At the primary care department, I helped with the preparation of a systematic review looking at the diagnostic accuracy of methods to diagnose wound infection in a community setting. This was a great introduction to clinical research, and I’m planning on continuing work on the project. I’ve learnt a lot about the varied roles of GPs and about primary care in general. The SSM has been one of the highlights of my course so far, and I am very grateful to Alison Convey for organising it”.


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