Student Selected Component

1. the Undergraduate Curriculum and SSC

There are a total of 13 SSCs over the 5 year undergraduate medical curriculum:

  • 8 of which could potentially be based in primary care (two 2 week placements in  year 1 and 2; one dissertation subject in year 4 and two, three or five week placements in year 5).
  • Students are required to keep a SSC Portfolio of all their work.
  • All SSCs are graded A-C (pass grades). D (borderline fail) and E (fail).
  • Tutors are asked to consider the following points when grading: attendance, attitude, conduct and professionalism. SSCs can often highlight when students are having difficulties.
  • Failing an SSC can impede progression to the following year. SSCs are considered either standard (proposed and developed by a GP tutor in the case of CBME) or Self organised (proposed and organised by a student). Currently students have a limited selection of Standard SSCs based in primary care from which to choose, CBME is keen to increase the number and variety of SSCs in primary care.

Choosing an SSC in general practice offers the student the opportunity to:

  • Explore general practice in greater depth
  • Work within the practice and primary care team
  • Become involved with the patient journey
  • Develop an holistic approach to patient care

Developing an SSC provides a unique opportunity for the GP tutor to teach to their area of interest, be creative and develop their own module; whilst either deepening or expanding the students understanding of an area of general practice and primary care in general. Benefits include fewer students to teach during SSC modules (1- 4 per SSC) enabling the students to have more time with their tutor and vice versa. Primary care SSC modules therefore provide an excellent opportunity to consolidate skills that are otherwise covered more briefly in the curriculum.