Medical students learn best from patients. Students are given the
opportunity to work with people in the community at an early stage of
the course. Much of the regular, week by week practical work takes
place in the community and not only in general practice, enhancing the
student’s experience and widening their understanding of the patient,
their family and the community in which they live and work.
Specific community opportunities are provided from the outset; in
programmes open to people accessing health and social care, such as
Sure Start or a drug clinic in the first year; and over the second year
in the same GP practice on six separate days.
By the 3rd and 4th years the student is ready to see patients in
the carefully supervised setting of a general practice for a week,
three times in each year, getting to know the practice team and the
In the 5th year students practise everything they have learned;
spending a 6 week block in a practice becoming a part of the clinical
team and demonstrating their readiness for medical practice.