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a scotland locator map imageJune 5 2018

Funding for ‘innovative’ undergraduate schemes to allow more people to study medicine with a focus on general practice has been announced. The funding will include supporting existing non-medic healthcare professionals to enter medicine.

The Scottish Government has announced the funding which will provide 85 additional places on the general practice-fcoused courses at the Universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. The universities have been selected having put forward successful bids as follows: 

  • 30 places at the University of Aberdeen: all students will undertake an enhanced GP programme with a set minimum of teaching time and an additional range of GP options;
  • 30 places at the University of Glasgow: all students will gain enhanced exposure to primary care and students can opt for intensive experience of primary care in deprived and rural settings on the new Community Orientated Medical Experience Track (‘COMET’);
  • 25 places at the University of Edinburgh: experienced healthcare professionals will work toward becoming a GP by combining part-time study with their existing job, with large parts of the course delivered online; it is designed to target high calibre candidates who are more likely to be retained in NHS Scotland.

The first intake of 60 of the additional places will begin in 2019-20, while 25 places will commence in 2020-21.

BMA Scotland’s Medical Students Committee Lekaashree Rambabu said: “While the increased use of GP placements for these new medical school places may ultimately help to encourage some graduates to choose general practice, the education that these students receive will still need to provide the broader medical teaching that enables them to pursue careers in any chosen medical specialty.

“Increasing the number of medical students will also only lead to more doctors working in the NHS if there are enough foundation places for them to move into after graduation. Foundation training places are determined on a UK-wide basis and as of yet there has been no commitment to increase these places in line with new medical school places being created across the UK.

“Doctors need to complete a foundation year before the GMC allows them to become fully registered and able to practise independently, so it is essential that the number of medical school places aligns with available foundation posts.”

Links:
Scottish Government announcement    
BMA comment 

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