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Transplant narrative session

As part of  first year students’ early clinical exposure at Imperial College (First Clinical Attachment), the Department of Primary Care & Public Health has developed a new narrative and film session based upon a renal transplant patient’s story, with contributions from her GP, surgeon and renal counsellor. The aims of the session are  to highlight holistic medicine, team working, good communication skills and give the students positive role models in a year when they meet few clinicians. Evaluation of the session using student focus groups suggests that the session highlights the following issues for students:

the importance of multi-disciplinary team working in this patient’s care; the impact of the surgeon’s patient centred approachhow sessions like this give the students a wider perspective on why they are studying medicinewhat sort of doctors they wanted to become.
Exposure to positive role models and demonstration of patient centred care and good team working does seem to ha…

Meeting with between Academic Imperial College GPs & Senior ICHT Representatives

On 10 April, Academic GPs from the Department of Primary Care & Public Health met with senior staff from the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (ICHT), including Mark Davies (Chief Executive), Brendan Farmer (Director of Strategy) and Chris Harrison (Deputy Medical Director). The aim of the meeting was to discuss closer working between the department and ICHT in areas such as primary care service redevelopment, specialist GP training, continuing professional development for established GPs in NW London, GP liaison, and primary care research. With the proposed reconfiguration of health services in NW London, there will be a greater focus on the management of patients with chronic diseases and multi-morbidity in ambulatory and primary care settings. This will require primary care professionals to be suitably supported in their training and their day to day work; and closer working between specialist and primary care services.  The links that the Department of Primary Care & P…

Year 3 Clinical Methods Teaching - Dr Sarvesh Saini

This academic year has been a ‘bulge year’ for Year 3 with over 400 students needing placements. Fortunately CMT teachers and administrators have coped admirably with this increase. On behalf of Imperial College, Dr Sarvesh Saini would like to thank all the GPs and their staff who have helped us as CMT continues to receive very favourable feedback from the students.

Due to the continued success of Year 3 CMT, this model for GP teaching has also been extended to year 2 where 2 GP sessions are now being offered to all students from December 2013.

If any of your colleagues or trainees would like to consider being a GP teacher, please contact us for information about upcoming training courses. For current teachers, please do look at the website for current information about the course curriculum.