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Open Access The role of the teaching practice in undergraduate education ‐ A British perspective

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This article describes and reflects on the role of the teaching practice in undergraduate education on the basis of the author’s experience in the United Kingdom. Recognizing that China is addressing the huge task of developing a general practice workforce in an unprecedented short time, I hope that sharing these ideas will be helpful. General practitioners are well able to teach the basics of medicine. However, their real strengths come when they are focusing on key consulting skills needed for general practice, developing reflective lifelong learners, and cultivating good attitudes. The practice is also able to demonstrate preventive medicine, chronic disease management, and multidisciplinary care. By providing exposure to general practice at this early stage in a medical career, the teaching practice will hopefully inspire and attract the general practice workforce of the future.
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Keywords: General practice; consulting skills; reflection; teaching

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 May 2018

This article was made available online on 26 March 2018 as a Fast Track article with title: "The role of the teaching practice in undergraduate education – A British perspective".

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  • Family Medicine and Community Health (FMCH) is an open-access journal focusing on subjects that are common and relevant to family medicine/general practice and community health. The journal publishes relevant content across disciplines such as epidemiology, public health, social and preventive medicine, research and evidence based medicine, community health service, patient education and health promotion and health ethics. The journal has a specific focus on the management of chronic illness particularly diabetes, ischaemic heart disease, chronic heart failure, hypertension, bronchial asthma, chronic obstructive airways disease and common mental illness. FMCH is published by Compuscript http://www.compuscript.com on behalf of the Chinese General Practice Press http://www.chinagp.net.

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