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Year 1 & 2 - Family Medicine

Year 1 & 2

Introduction to Family Medicine

Year 1+2 Family Medicine 2023-24

Y1 and Y2 Family Medicine will run as fully face to face module in 23/24.

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 amongst their more classroom teaching. Family Medicine was 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 spanning 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 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 including an opportunity for students to see their patients’ notes (with consent). In Y2, General Practice Experience, GP tutors are allocated groups of 8 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. Student highly value opportunities to consult with patients, often for the first time.

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.

The study guide for 22/23 is available at the link below:

Family Medicine Tutor Guide Year 1+2 2022-23

The video recording from our information session for 2022-23 is at the link below

Year 1+2 Family Medicine tutor information session

A range of practical tips on using ZOOM can be found at the link below and on the GP Tutor resources page of this website.

Q+A for ZOOM family medicine teaching

Year 2 Resources

The Essence of General Practice 22-23 Session 1

Modes of Consultation 22-23

The MDT in primary care 22-23

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

If you need the password to access the videos (it is the same password for GPNI videos), please email