Human Development Tutor Guide

1. Human Development Tutor Guide

During their fourth year medical students rotate through fourteen-week blocks of clinical specialties. The Human Development Unit consists of child health, obstetrics and gynaecology and an integrated primary care community attachment. Each student will spend 2 weeks in general practice (1 week after their child health and 1 week before their obstetrics and gynaecology hospital teaching). It should be noted that not all students will be allocated GP attachments at the same

time. Students will either be allocated to weeks 1 and 11 or 6 and 7. All students should have been notified via email of their allocated practice, which they will attend

for both weeks. Students will also have been sent a web link for directions and contact details to inquire what

time they are to attend on their first days of their attachments.


Students will be usually allocated in groups of 4 (occasionally in pairs) to the same practice for both their weeks.

Human Development Unit


The primary care Community Human Development Unit provides the students with an introduction to obstetrics, gynaecology and child health from the community perspective. Its main aims are for students to practice consultation and clinical skills and to learn about common and important conditions which present in the community.


The students’ previous experience will affect whether the emphasis is on introducing students to the subject or on consolidating their learning, as some groups will have already completed their paediatric hospital attachment.


The general practice based teaching is intended to complement the teaching in the hospital setting, so learning objectives will overlap to some extent. However some areas are ideally suited to community teaching such as: common infectious childhood illnesses, family planning, screening and health promotion and uncomplicated antenatal care.