New to teaching?
If you've not taught Bristol medical students before, this is the page for you!
What's the teaching like?
One great thing about the course at Bristol is that primary care teaching has something for everyone. It ranges from apprenticeship style in years 4 and 5 to having small groups in years 1-3.
Which year is best if I'm new to teaching?
Each year has different rewards and challenges. The best thing is to pick the style you feel most comfortable with - have a look at the teaching overview below, and for more detail, see the individual year pages.
See below to find out more about the teaching in each year.
Students only go to Bristol practices in year 1. They have 7 or 8 sessions in practice on a Thursday. They have 4 placements in their Foundations of Medicine block to introduce them to the healthcare environment and talking with patients. The second part of the year sees the start of the Case Based Learning (CBL) cycle where the students spend two weeks discussing a particular case. The students will come out to practice on 3 or 4 of their CBL cycles where they will meet patients and practice basic clinical skills linked to the particular case they are studying. For each case based fortnight students will alternate their visits to primary care with secondary care visits.
In year 2 there are a total of 6 sessions in a practice. In the Autumn students cover: Skin, Body Defence, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, and Anaemia, Blood & Clotting. In GP, students should learn about the clinical themes being taught from the patients they meet in practice. After Christmas, the cases cover specific symptoms; low mood, chest pain, breathlessness, abdominal symptoms, joint pain, urinary thirst and weight loss, headache and collapse. For this symptom-based teaching, GP tutors should invite two patients with conditions relevant to the symptom the students are covering and help students practice gathering clinical information through history, examination and investigation.
In year 3, students have 16 days in general practice on Tuesdays. This placement consists of two blocks, each of eight whole days in a practice. Each day in practice is themed, linking closely with student’s learning in secondary care. At the end of each placement, students will take part in a ’simulated surgery’ at the local academy, facilitated by the GP. Each day in practice is split into a workshop in the morning with 6 students, facilitated by the GP teacher. In the afternoon, two students take part in a teaching surgery and the other four students undertake their People, Populations and Practices (3P) project.
A new Year 4 curriculum started in September 2020. Students come out to practice every Wednesday as a group of 4 students for a placement every week for 18 weeks. Each students has two 18 week placements over the year in two different practices. The emphasis is on becoming embedded in your team, experiential learning, carrying out authentic tasks and longer term follow up of patients.
As part of their ‘Preparing for Professional Practice’ course in Year 5, students spend 4 weeks in General Practice. They go to GP surgeries in pairs and observe each other in shared surgeries. We recognise the diversity of ‘what comes through the door’ in general practice and ask you to focus on developing the students by asking them to provide care to your patients, both in and out of the consulting room.
Student Choice (formerly SSCs)
There are opportunities for students to do Student Choice projects in Primary Care and audit projects in general practices are popular. You would be supervising a student doing a project of your or their choice, including marking the completed project. For more information, see our Student Choice pages.
How do I get involved?
Do I need any teaching qualifications?
Not at all. We run a series of free workshops for our GP teachers, including one for new GP teachers. You can start teaching before you have had a chance to attend a teaching workshop. Our GP teacher guidebooks have all the information you need and you can get advice from our GP academy and GP year leads.
We're a long way from Bristol - can we still teach Bristol medical students?
We run a clinical academies system. Whilst year 1 and 2 placements are generally concentrated around the Bristol area, our year 3, 4 and 5 placements are often further afield. We have clinical academies in Swindon, Somerset (Taunton and Yeovil), Gloucestershire (Gloucester and Cheltenham), Bath, Weston as well as North and South Bristol. Sometimes our placements are even further afield - if in doubt, contact us!
Map of clinical academies
Do I get paid for teaching?
Yes. Please see our payment for teaching page for current payment rates.
How can I stay informed about future teaching opportunities?
How do I organise teaching in my practice?
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