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Year 5 GPPHC update

As we near the end of the academic year, the year 5 students minds inevitably begin to focus on their upcoming PACES exams.  The GPPHC course is ideal preparation for this as it gives the students an opportunity to practice focused history taking, examination and implementing a management plan in a time-limited situation – something which we as GPs do every day we sit in out surgeries.

We hope to implement some exciting changes to the course in the next academic year, hopefully reducing the number of mandatory assignments the students have to complete during their placements to allow them to concentrate more on getting experience consulting independently.  A new course guide for GP tutors is currently being produced and we are also planning some changes to the departmental teaching with a new session on leadership and professionalism.

Dr Ali Dhankot, GPPHC course lead
Thank you once again for hosting and teaching our students – your hard work and dedication to teaching is what makes the course successful.  To quote some of the feedback from the students:

“I really REALLY enjoyed this placement and feel like I learnt a lot about what it's like being a GP. As such I'm much more inclined to consider GP as a career!”

“I really enjoyed this place my and thought contributions from the whole team were wonderful”

“…every opportunity was given to the students to partake. This is excellent in ensuring you understand the complexity and breadth of what being a GP is”

Please do keep in touch with me if you have any questions or concerns regarding the course and I hope to meet some of you at the Imperial Annual Teachers' Conference in June.

Best wishes,


Dr Ali Dhankot

Year 5 GP Course Lead
Department of Primary Care and Public Health
Imperial College London
Charing Cross campus
Reynolds Building
St Dunstan’s Road
London W6 8RP

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