School of Primary, Aboriginal and Rural Health Care

General Practice

General Practice provides person-centred, continuing, comprehensive and coordinated whole person healthcare to individuals and families in their communities.

The University Department of General practice is a group of dedicated clinical academics, primary care researchers and support staff.

It has a growing role in the Faculty delivering community-based medical education and an expanding portfolio of primary care research.

General Practice teaching in the Doctor of Medicine degree

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree is a four-year full-time postgraduate professional degree course which has its first intake of graduate applicants in 2014.

Within the MD the importance of medical students training in General Practice has been recognised and is incorporated in every stage of the degree.

Year 1 

Students are taught predominantly by GP tutors through Clinical Skills tutorials and Case Enhanced Learning (CEL) tutorials, with many cases set in a primary care context. 

Systems 1

Year 2

Students undertake a longitudinal clinical placement in General Practice supervised by a GP clinical tutor. CEL tutorials continue throughout first semester in Systems 2.

In Year 2 second semester, when students are commencing their first hospital clinical attachments, they continue their monthly GP visits, and also participate in structured teaching activities involving an integration of community medicine with the specialist clinical disciplines. 

Integrated Medical Practice 1

Year 3

Students spend eight weeks attached to a metropolitan teaching General Practice. They further develop their communication and consultation skills and learn more about the management of patients in the community. Students of the Rural Clinical School WA will spend the entire year supervised predominantly by General Practitioners. 

Year 4

In Year 4 all students are attached to a rural teaching General Practice for four to five weeks. This is where students consolidate their consulting skills and often have the opportunity to improve their procedural skills. Rural General Practice is highly rated by students as an ideal preparation for internship due to the wide range of problems encountered and managed in rural GP.

Continuing education

Graduation from medical school should not be seen as an endpoint in education. For all medical practitioners learning is a continuum, and undergraduate studies should link with postgraduate studies. For this reason UWA General Practice division has closely aligned its curriculum with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners curriculum for medical students.

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Information for students, teachers, researchers and the community

General Practice aims to teach students a holistic approach to patient assessment and management within a community context.
Clinical lecturers
The General Practitioners who take UWA students in their practice for clinical learning are highly valued members of the teaching team.
Clinical tutors
Information for clinical tutors teaching on campus.
GP registrars
Are you interested in doing an academic term as part of your GP training at UWA?
Volunteer patient program
Information for members of the public wanting to volunteer for the patient training program.
We have specific interests in cancer, genetic medicine and chronic disease management in primary care.

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Wednesday, 24 February, 2016 2:57 PM