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GP Teacher Awards

We were delighted to present our first GP Teacher Awards at last year’s Annual Teachers’ Workshop in June. These are new prizes, awarded annually by the Department of Primary Care and Public Health to reward GP teachers who have shown enduring commitment and excellence in their teaching of our students, as well as receiving consistently positive student feedback. Winners were presented with a certificate and an engraved glass trophy), along with a short citation. For 2012, we gave a prize for each of the four main GP teaching courses:

Year 1 (First Clinical Attachment) - Dr Jens Foell: “He went the extra mile for us by bringing in a professional actor to help us with our presentation skills and taking us on group trips to medical exhibitions. He also sent us relevant and very interesting literature to read up on”.

Year 3 (Clinical Methods Teaching) - Dr Caroline Jewels: “Found it really helpful that Dr Jewels tailored the sessions to suit us, based on what we felt we needed extra help with”. “She also sent us a summary each week of what we had learnt which I found useful for revision”. “Her experience as an OSCE examiner was used very effectively as a teaching tool and we all benefited from this”.

Year 5 (General Practice & Primary Health Care) - Dr Ravinder Aurora: ‘‘Absolutely fantastic attachment. Dr Aurora and Dr Newberry were amazing and we learned a huge amount from them and all the staff at Oxford Drive Medical Centre. Particular thanks must go to Cheryl the practice manager for being so organised- best firm I have had at medical school so far and I can definitely see myself in General Practice’

Year 6 (General Practice Student Assistantship) - Dr Roger Burns: Roger has just retired after taking Year 6 students from Imperial for 20 years at his practice in Pembrokeshire, west Wales. He has had glowing student feedback over the years and is clearly a teacher who has “made a difference”. He has been able to keep in touch with many students, and even to go to several weddings!

Many congratulations to all four winners; we are most grateful for your time and commitment – and so are our students. We will be announcing the 2013 GP Teacher Awards at this year’s Annual Teachers’ Workshop on 21st June 2013. As well as the prizes for each year, we will be giving out a few new awards, including a “career achievement award” and “best new teacher”.

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