Become a GP Teacher
Join Newcastle in training the next generation of doctors
There has never been a better time to start teaching medical students with Newcastle. We already work with over 200 practices across the region to play a major role in delivering the MBBS programme. With our new curriculum and increasing student numbers, there are now even more opportunities to teach right across the course.
Our feedback shows that our GP teachers find teaching with us engaging and rewarding, and that our students highly value their GP placements.
We provide GP teachers with a full programme of education and development and support them through our team of Senior Medical Tutors (SMTs). These are experienced local GPs who oversee teaching across the region. For the current SMTs and the areas they cover, see the SMT List (PDF, 73KB).
We are always interested to hear from any GPs who are thinking of joining our team. Please contact Tom Coulthard, GP Recruitment Lead, or your local SMT for an informal discussion and more information.
Year 1Year 1
Pairs of students will be expected to spend 2 full days (usually from 10am to 4pm) in the same GP practice, experiencing a wide range of activities and shadowing different members of the primary care team.
We hope that these placements will deepen the students' appreciation and understanding of primary care at this early stage of their training.
Year 2Year 2
For the 2017/18 academic year only, second year student placements will continue with pairs of students sitting in on two GP sessions throughout the year.
Year 3Year 3
Third year students spend one session a week in the same practice over the 39 weeks of a full academic year, giving you a chance to get to know a small group of students (usually 4) really well.
Students build the foundations of their clinical practice through a programme of clinical skills before working through a series of modules. A comprehensive Teacher Study Guide supports each session.
Year 4Year 4
In their 4th year, students get the chance to do three 6-week optional placements called Student Selected Components (SSCs). These placements can be arranged privately, for example with a student you have taught for a third year placement, or as part of placements arranged with the medical school.
If you have been teaching with us already for a while, getting involved with an SSC placement could be a great way to develop your teaching further.
Year 5Year 5
Final year students are attached to a General Practice for a 3 week placement. There are 4 consecutive slots during the autumn and practices can sign up for as many or few as they like.
We hope that students can progress from initially just sitting in surgeries, to 'hot seating' (conducting a consultation with the GP observing), to 'parallel surgeries' (consulting alone and then presenting to the GP).
For more information on teaching opportunities and remuneration, please see the New Teacher's Pack (PDF, 6.34MB).
GP Medical Education Research
Hugh Alberti, Subdean for primary and community care, leads a team of GP trainees and Clinical Teaching fellows who, in addition to teaching, are developing educational initiatives and research projects within the theme of GP medical education. We supervise students and trainees doing Masters or Doctorates; for recent publications and current interest areas, see our Summary of Educational Research 2017 (PDF, 266KB). If you are interested in GP medical education research, please contact Hugh.