Medicine in Society Graduate Entry Programme Tutor Guide

1. Tutor Guide: Introduction to GEP Medicine in Society

Medicine in Society GEP (Graduate Entry Programme Years 1 and 2)

Medicine in Society is a community-based course which the graduate entry programme students complete in year one of their curriculum. The global aims of the course are to introduce students to patients and the patients' experience of health and ill-health over the course of their lives.

Students will all have completed an undergraduate degree in a biomedical or health related topic, some may have higher degrees, some may have healthcare qualifications and experience. They go to a general practice placement for 12 alternate Thursdays through the academic year, alternating with 12 days in secondary care at Newham University Hospital. Each day is themed and has clear learning objectives. The theme relates to the system the students are covering at the time. However, there are some differences between the themed days on the 5 year MBBS Medicine in Society course and the GEP Medicine in Society course e.g. there are additional days on coronary heart disease and separate days on addicion and mental health on the GEP course.

Students will be allocated to general practices in groups of 6 - 8.  As in the five year course, the teaching is shared between the GP and a community tutor in a co-tutoring partnership to deliver the course and help with assessment of the students.  Community tutors are drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds, some will be working or have worked with a social care or health care (conventional or alternative) organisation, or with a voluntary agency providing support or advice for people in need.  Ideally, they will represent the sort of partnership and collaboration that can exist between the statutory and voluntary sectors. Most of the teaching and course activities take place at the general practice, but occasionally community tutors meet students at their own place of work or arrange and accompany students on visits to local organisations.  The community tutors will be present for at least some of the first day to meet and help orientate the students and on the last day when the students are assessed.  Otherwise the distribution of the work is largely left to the GP and the Community tutor to share between themselves.

Students will be engaged in many different activities over the course of the module, for instance: small group tutorials, shadowing and interviewing clinicians and other health professionals, having contact with patients (including home visits), self-directed learning, etc. Students do not spend their whole day in the practice - some of their time is spent elsewhere in the community on activities related to the day's learning objectives, however, the practice is their base.

Academic and administrative contacts

Unit Convenor

Mrs Maria Hayfron-Benjamin
Tel: +44(0)20 7882 2505

Unit Administrator

Ms Lorane Smith
Tel: +44(0)20 7882 2522

Academic Unit for Community-Based Medical Education

Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
Garrod Building,
Turner Street
E1 2AD