Overview of Education in General Practice UTAS
Teaching in General Practice forms an important part of the MBBS course commencing at Year 1 and gradually increasing in time exposure and expectations of students over the subsequent years. The Rural Clinical School (RCS) program includes regular and frequent student exposure to General Practice over a full year, often with a change of practice at mid-semester. Final year students undertake a longer block attachment in General Practice often in a remote setting.
The total time allocation of RCS students to the discipline of General Practice is approximately equal to the time allocations for each of the other disciplines of study: Medicine, Surgery, DEM, Psychiatry, O&G, Paediatrics, Palliative care/Chronic Disease/Anaesthetics.
RCS GP Support Visits to the General Practice
- RCS staff visit students in practice usually on a monthly basis
- Meetings are often occur over lunch times or before surgery to suit practices.
- RCS staff work with students and practices to develop learning opportunities.
- RCS staff are often available to help assess the student presentation.
- GPs may seek additional visits from RCS staff from time to time in response to learning and teaching needs, or communicate by phone or email as required.