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Education and Training - Overview

The General Practice & Primary Care Research Unit offer Academic posts for GPs as well as opportunities for Phd Students.

General Practice Education Group (GPEG)

The General Practice Education Group aims to provide, develop and evaluate high quality teaching for undergraduate medical students and to provide education and teaching resources in support of GPs working with the Unit to offer undergraduate teaching. It has made major contributions to the development of the Cambridge Graduate Course, whose students receive a high proportion of their tuition in practices in the Bury St Edmunds area, and to the modernisation of the Cambridge Clinical School curriculum implemented in Sept 2005. This includes students spending a higher proportion of time in primary care and public health, and systematic assessments of clinical skills including communication.

Further Informationalt

The General Practice Education Group organises teaching in primary care for medical students at Cambridge University. If you are interested in findout out more on how you can get involved in teaching our medical students please click on the picture to the right.Further information about the primary care curriculum and contact details for GPEG can be found on the Clinical School educational resources website (Medportal - you need a password to access this site which is available to GP teachers on application).

GPEG music video

Interested in Teaching?

We are always keen to hear from GPs who are interested in finding out more about opportunities for involvement in undergraduate teaching. Please feel free to get in touch by telephoning the GPEG office on 01223 330364 or the admin team on 01223 762516

Or by email:

Dr Richard Davies, Director of GP Studies

Dr Tom Alderson, Assistant Director of GP Studies

Dr Rachel Morris, Assistant Director of GP Studies

Dr Laurence Atkinson, Assistant Director of GP Studies

Dr Jon Ferdinand, Cambridge Graduate Course GP co-ordinator

The Medical Education Research Group

The Medical Education Research Group, as part of the General Practice Education Group, undertakes a programme of research aimed at improving the quality of care given to patients by our students as doctors. The programme seeks to develop understanding of the potiental impact on patient care of the characteristics, attitudes and values held by students and of how the medical course provided shapes those characteristics, attitudes and values. The programme employs both quantitative and qualitative methodologies and comprises longitudinal cohort studies of all students entering Cambridge to study medicine together with cross sectional studies.

1. Data for the Improvement of Medical Education (DIME)

Main Longitudinal Cohort Study

Quantitative survey conducted annually since 2007, of all students entering Cambridge to study medicine at both pre-clinical and clinical stages. This study is ongoing.  Factors measured include:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Empathy
  • Death Anxiety and Attitudes towards End of Life Care
  • Experience of close personal death

The study uses validated instruments which have been widely used with medical practitioners and medical students and provides baseline data for other studies.
The team: Thelma Quince, John Benson, Diana Wood, Stephen Barclay, James Brimicombe

Subsidiary Studies:
Student attitudes towards and experiences of the dissecting room.

Examination of first year preclinical students' attitudes towards and experiences of the dissecting room.
The team: Thelma Quince, Michelle Spear, James Brimicombe.

2. End of life care.

Qualitative studies

A. Investigation of student attitudes towards death and caring for the dying. 

Interview study of first year pre-clinical students following their early experiences in the dissection room.
The team:  Stephen Barclay, Thelma Quince, Sonia Smith, Simon Cohn.

B. Analysis of reflective portfolios written by final year clinical students. 
The team: Stephen Barclay, Erica Borgstrom, Simon Cohn, James Brimicombe

Quantitative studies:

Death anxiety and attitudes towards caring for the dying.

Examining changes over time and associations displayed by clinical students, using longitudinal data drawn from the Main Cohort Studytogether with cross sectional data.
The team: Stephen Barclay, Thelma Quince, James Brimicombe

3. Leadership and management education in the undergraduate medical curriculum.

A. A systematic literature review.
B. Qualitative investigation of medical students' attitudes towards leadership and management education in the undergraduate curriculum
C. Development of curriculum content. 
The team: Mark Abbas, John Benson, Thelma Quince, Diana Wood

4. Students’ attitudes towards post mortem and its utility in medical education.

A qualitative study examining Cambridge Graduate Course students’ attitudes towards, experiences of, and views about the usefulness of post mortem examinations.
The team: Andrew Bamber, Thelma Quince, Paul Siklos, Stephen Barclay, Diana Wood.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 16:09