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Integrated Dermatology / Paediatric Update - by Dr Emma Metters

Year 5 Integrated Dermatology GP Course:

Year 5 Derm/Paeds GP Course Lead
We have had a great start to the year with several groups of very enthusiastic students that have completed their rotations so far. The engagement in the departmental sessions has been brilliant and the students seem to be enjoying the breadth that the course covers.  I have been working with the hospital course lead, Dr James Shelley, and we have been looking at which topics get taught where in the course and there is a planned move towards teaching more ‘skin infections’ in primary care, which I think many of you are already doing as they are such common primary care problems.  We are also trying to rationalise the number of sign offs required for this attachment and we will be in touch when we have any updates.

Year 5 GP-Paediatric Enrichment Week:
This enrichment week is continuing to go well.  I have heard from several tutors regarding exciting new contacts and opportunities they are arranging for students such as time with social services, paediatric commissioning bodies and therapy groups.  If anyone is using any local services that you think others could incorporate into their timetables do let me know and I will share the ideas with those of you who are teaching.  We have now got tutors allocated to all the rest of the sessions this year however it is always good to have a few interested backups for those unforeseen circumstances – so let me know if this course interests you and I can send you more info.
I have spoken to a number of you to touch base with how both the derm and paeds sessions are going.  If anyone else has anything you want feedback to me then do get in touch and let me know.  It is always good to hear from you!

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