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Year 1 & 2 - Family Medicine

Year 1 & 2

Introduction to Family Medicine

Year 1+2 Family Medicine 2021/22

Year 1+2 Family Medicine will run in a blended model for 21/22, starting out fully remote with the aim that students get into practice in smaller sub groups at least once in the year.

The study guide for 21/22 is available at the link below:

Family Medicine Tutor Study Guide 21-22

The video recording of the Family Medicine GP Tutor meeting from 8th September is at the link below:

Family Medicine GP tutor update 8th September 2021

The slide presentation from the GP tutor meeting is below

Family Medicine Tutor meeting presentation Sept 2021


What is Year 1+2 Family Medicine?

Family Medicine provides students early clinical contact with patients and a glimpse into the busy and dynamic world of Primary Care. It is a formative learning experience for students who often reflect that it helps them to see ‘patients as people’ and enjoy what they consider to be ‘real life’ medicine. Family Medicine is an early adopter of the expansion of time that Queen’s University Belfast medical students spend learning in General Practice, their early taster of connected Primary Care based placements throughout the five-year curriculum.


What will it involve for me as a tutor?

GP tutors can take Y1 or Y2 students, many choose to take both!  In Y1, Family Attachment, GP tutors are allocated groups of 8-10 students. The GP tutor matches the students in pairs to patient/families in their practice whom the students make contact with through the year. The GP tutor facilitates five afternoon tutorials through the year to support students’ learning. The plan is for small groups of students to attend practice later in the year to see their patients’ notes (with consent). In Y2, General Practice Experience, GP tutors are allocated groups of 8-10 students. The tutor facilitates five afternoon tutorials through the year where students can learn about the world of General Practice through contact with patients and members of the Primary Care Team. The plan is for small groups of students to attend practice later in the year to consult with patients.


Recent tutor feedback

This was the first time I was involved in the Module. The engagement and insights of the students was really amazing (and that over Zoom!).  At the end, we all had the feeling we were 'connected' in a way, we learnt and progressed together. The 'themes' were descriptive and not prescriptive therefore it could be adjusted to local specifics and practice logistics. The 'themes' were very relevant to contemporary primary care and 'medicine'. The students were fascinated that so much healthcare is happening in primary care.


Year 2 Resources

Modes of Consultation 2021-22

The Essence of General Practice 2021-22

The MDT in Primary Care 2021-22

The work of a patient 2021-22


Year 1 Resources

You will find below videos relevant to this curriculum module

  1. Preparation for Early Clinical Contact
  2. Cultural Humility
  3. Family Medicine feedback from previous QUB medical students


We are delighted that medical students enterning year 3 in academic year 2022-23 will be spending significant time in General Practice

The C25 curriculum includes a Longitudnal Integrated Clerkship for these students

Logistical details of the GP pleacement are being finalised and we look forward to sharing mroe information here in Spring 2022