Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Medical Students 'Should Get More Training as GPs' RESEARCH SUGGESTS COURSES OUGHT TO BE TWEAKED

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Medical Students 'Should Get More Training as GPs' RESEARCH SUGGESTS COURSES OUGHT TO BE TWEAKED

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Byline: Katie Dickinson Reporter katie.dickinson@trinitymirror.com @KATIEJDICKINSON

UNIVERSITIES need to "urgently" address the GP recruitment crisis by giving students more exposure to primary care, say researchers.

A Newcastle University-led study has found a link for the first time between the amount of GP teaching a medical school offers and the number of students who go into GP training after their foundation years as a doctor.

The study, published in the British Journal of General Practice, concludes that medical schools need to consider their role in addressing NHS needs and the GP recruitment crisis by revising their courses.

Dr Hugh Alberti, sub-dean for primary and community care at Newcastle University, led the study and believes universities urgently need to consider means to increase primary care training for students.

Dr Alberti said: "Our research found that medical schools that offer high amounts of teaching in general practice produce higher proportions of students who go straight into GP training. "There is a current GP recruitment crisis, with many GP training places going unfilled. In order to reflect the changing landscape, universities need to adapt their courses to include more general practice."

Data was collated from all medical schools in the UK and shows the need for students to be taught in GP surgeries. …

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