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      The role of the teaching practice in undergraduate education – A British perspective

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      Family Medicine and Community Health
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      General practice, teaching, consulting skills, reflection

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          Abstract

          This article describes and reflects on the role of the teaching practice in undergraduate education on the basis of the author’s experience in the United Kingdom. Recognizing that China is addressing the huge task of developing a general practice workforce in an unprecedented short time, I hope that sharing these ideas will be helpful. General practitioners are well able to teach the basics of medicine. However, their real strengths come when they are focusing on key consulting skills needed for general practice, developing reflective lifelong learners, and cultivating good attitudes. The practice is also able to demonstrate preventive medicine, chronic disease management, and multidisciplinary care. By providing exposure to general practice at this early stage in a medical career, the teaching practice will hopefully inspire and attract the general practice workforce of the future.

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          Journal
          FMCH
          Family Medicine and Community Health
          FMCH
          Compuscript (Ireland )
          2009-8774
          2305-6983
          May 2018
          May 2018
          : 6
          : 2
          : 85-88
          Affiliations
          [1] 1Deputy Head of Academy, Community Based Medicine, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, United Kingdom
          Author notes
          CORRESPONDING AUTHOR: Patricia Houlston, Deputy Head of Academy, Community Based Medicine, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, United Kingdom, E-mail: p.a.houlston@ 123456bham.ac.uk
          Article
          FMCH.2018.0106
          10.15212/FMCH.2018.0106
          a9b80173-6e14-4102-b1f9-782faf018211
          Copyright © 2018 Family Medicine and Community Health

          This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License (CC BY-NC 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/.

          History
          : 20 December 2017
          : 15 January 2018
          Funding
          The author received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or nonprofit sectors.
          Categories
          Reflection

          General medicine,Medicine,Geriatric medicine,Occupational & Environmental medicine,Internal medicine,Health & Social care
          reflection,teaching,consulting skills,General practice

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