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Dr Aisha Newth Appointed as New Faculty Development Lead

Dr Aisha Newth has taken on the role of Faculty Development Lead in our Undergraduate General Practice Teaching Unit.  Some of you may already know Dr Newth as she has been working in the Department of Primary Care & Public Health at Imperial College for 9 years. She was co-lead on the Year 5 GPPHC course for the last 4 years. In her new role as Faculty Development Lead, Dr Newth will develop community teaching and to support our GP teachers in NW London. Dr Newth is also a GP Principal at Crown Street Surgery in Acton, West London.

Dr Newth comments that "I have always found teaching students to be rewarding, enjoyable and integral to my role as a GP. I learn something new from each student who comes my way and hopefully impart some knowledge onto them. Taking students in my practice reminds me how valuable teaching is for both the teacher and the student as it encourages mutual growth and reflection and continues the learning process, it also brings new energy and enthusiasm into the practice. I have found that in particular the year 5 patient project has helped me immensely in my management of complex patients. Students highly value their GP placement and the support and opportunities for 1 to 1 teaching and interdisciplinary learning it brings."

Some of the new projects we are setting up include a GP peer support group and offering peer teaching observations to community teachers. Working in the department we are continuously being observed and given peer feedback on our teaching, but we are am aware that this does not always happen in the community. We are also very keen to know more about what further opportunities there are for students to learn more about medicine in a community settling and any novel settings for teaching that may be available to our students.

We would like to invite you all to the launch of our peer support group meetings on Wednesday January 22nd from 6pm - 8pm in the Department of Primary Care & Public Health, Charing Cross Campus. There will be food provided. We would like to use this first meeting as an opportunity to talk about what you would like from us but also to spend some time on talking about dealing with students in difficulty, so please bring along any cases you have. Please reply to Gemma Brennan (g.brennan@imperial.ac.uk) by Monday 16th December if you are able to make it.

Please help us decide what you would like from the Department of Primary Care and to access what specialisms we have in the community by filling out this short survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CSRSY9S

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