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Here is the very positive feedback from one of our medical students on her GP placement – Kirsten is now considering GP for her speciality training.
"My GP attachment far exceeded my expectations. I was provided with numerous learning opportunities and all staff were very supportive, helpful and willing to teach. At the beginning of my attachment I expressed an interest in doing solo surgeries and was very grateful to have had the opportunity to do 113 solo consultations. Throughout the 7 weeks, I worked with a different GP or member of the health care team every session. This allowed me to observe a wide range of professionals and obtain feedback from these individuals which has been very valuable. I felt very welcomed and very much part of the practice team and I really appreciated that I was regarded as a "young professional". Whilst I was very keen to take on this role initially I did feel a little nervous. However, I was very well supported and always had opportunity to ask for help or to have a debrief discussions with doctors.
I was delighted that I had the opportunity to give 40 flu jags at the flu clinic, assist in minor surgery, assist with acupuncture and give intraarticular and subcutaneous injections. I feel a lot more confident in doing procedures that I had very little experience of before.
I have learned a great deal from my GP placement and am very grateful to have had such a well organised teaching opportunity. My main learning points were:
- Learning how to tailor consultations and examinations to specific presentations, including ruling out sinister causes
- Gaining experience and insight into how to deal with difficult patients.
- Learning about the complexity of managing diseases in the community.
- Gaining experience and learning how to be a member of a professional team