Work Experience in General Practice
General Practice (GP) work experience placements are a great way to boost your Medical School application. GPs are on the frontline of healthcare and often rely on exceptional communication skills.
What will I learn from a GP work experience?
How do I get a GP work experience?
How do I make the most of my GP work experience?
What will I learn in a GP Practice?
Primary healthcare is a unique setting. It’s one in which aspiring medics will see a multitude of key skills in action, including:
Often GPs have very busy clinics. Watch how they skilfully extract key information from patients in a timely manner.
Observe how GPs identify potentially serious symptoms and escalate these, when appropriate, to a secondary healthcare setting.
Look at how the practice works as a unified team. Sit in on reception or the emergency line and witness how essential teamwork really is in Medicine.
Understand the vital role GPs have in educating their patients on their health, and how to manage chronic conditions, such as diabetes.
How do I get a GP Practice Work Experience?
Many people have a close relationship with their local GP. For confidentiality reasons, you cannot do work experience with your local GP.
Write a letter to the Practice Manager requesting work experience, tell us about yourself and what your aspirations are for the future, the school you attend, subjects you are studying and dates you are seeking a work experience placement.
Making the most of my Work Experience
As with all your work experience placements
Keep a note of what you see. You can expand on it when you get back home
See something interesting, read up on it.
Reflect on your time with us.
Compare and contract what you see against any hospital based work experience you have may have had.
Understand how GP and hospital settings differ, as well as how they work together effectively.