General practice teaching is at the heart of our curriculum.
It provides an opportunity to place clinical problems in the wider context of the patient's social, emotional, psychological background and belief system. It introduces students to the wide variety of symptoms that patients may present with. General practice teaching provides our students with a wide range of opportunities for learning, including practising communication and clinical skills under close supervision.
Students are introduced to general practice as a specialty in its own right. Learning outcomes include managing clinical uncertainty, safe prescribing, chronic disease care, and undertaking a person-centred, holistic approach to patient care. During regular visits to a general practice surgery, students learn history taking and clinical examination in practice. In order to develop competence in clinical general practice and to promote confidence in communication with patients these placements culminate in 'student-led surgeries'.
BSMS also has an active student GP society with a membership across all five years.