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The Good GP Training Guide


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Part I Tips for trainees in the hospital setting A guide to the various hospital rotations How to get the most out of hospital posts Acquiring skills in day-to-day practice for the registrar year and beyond Part II - Tips for trainees working in the GP setting Your first GP rotation Introduction to the registrar year Less than full time: a personal view with practical advice How much does it cost to be a GP trainee? The ePortfolio Workplace-Based Assessments in the registrar year The Applied Knowledge Test How to pass and fail the Clinical Skills Assessment Audit for improvement Learning from error The home visit Out-of-hours care How to get the most out of the radiology department How to get the most out of the biochemistry department How to get the most out of the microbiology department On being a 'good' GP trainee: an ethico-legal lexicon Rash decisions: dermatology in general practice Everything you ever wanted to know about neurology but were afraid to ask Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) in a ten-minute consultation Remote and rural medicine The new therapeutics: ten commandments Ten commandments for testing A la carte blanche: leaving GP training Minor surgery Part III - Beyond training Academic general practice: off all summer Academic general practice: a coda Commissioning On diagnosis Interacting with the Department for Work and Pensions How to write a paper Events medicine First5 Tips for teaching Getting a job Appraisal and revalidation General practice and money Health is global How to become a GP trainer How to stay out of trouble Sessional locum work Kindness as a basic clinical skill Social media: a startup guide Shared decision making made easier: using a three-step framework Staying up to date: a personal view Working outside the UK: a postcard from Australia Social violence Part IV - Personal doctoring An essay on the unique position of general practice and the important skills that a generalist doctor offers

About the Author

Matt Burkes, a former psychologist and bass player, went to medical school when he realised he would never be on Top of the Pops. He graduated from St George's Graduate Entry Programme in 2006 and moved to Chichester, West Sussex. His foundation and training jobs at St Richard's Hospital inspired him to create the 'Tips for Trainees' series, which continues to be published in the British Journal of General Practice. After a wonderful registrar year at Flansham Park Health Centre, he worked at Maywood Healthcare Centre in Bognor before landing up at Langley House Surgery in Chichester, where he works as a salaried GP. He is married with three children and is involved in a number of educational projects, both medical and non-medical. He enjoys the delicate art of hedgerow wine production and hopes to learn to sail. Alec Logan is a Glasgow graduate and a full-time GP in Wishaw, Lanarkshire, Scotland. He spent just enough time as a young doctor with the Royal Navy to open his mind. Then his deputy trainer showed him how to top and tail an onion. Such vision! At heart a frustrated journalist, Alec created Rocket as a West of Scotland Faculty newsletter, then hoolet for RCGP Scotland, then the Back Pages of the British Journal of General Practice, which he edited for almost 15 years. He sails when he can. Hebrides; enough said. Look to windward!


This book rather undersells itself in its title. This extraordinary guide sets out to advise and mentor pilgrim trainees in their quest to reach GP nirvana. It has a far from dry prose and speaks from the heart providing sincere advice while trying to save the trainee from many an uncomfortable situation. The initial chapters discuss the philosophy behind the profession putting everything that we do into context. The section on tips about hospital rotations is incredibly useful. Not only does it warn you about the pitfalls to be wary of in 30 different hospital posts but, incredibly, even gives you personal development plan (PDP) ideas! So if you wondered what benefit a post in maxillofacial surgery or colorectal surgery was going to bring to you or were shaking in your shoes about your obstetric post, relax and get some first-hand advice from this book. Jeet Afzal Patel, review in British Journal of General Practice, October 2014, p526 There is practical advice on managing your e-portfolio, workplace-based assessments, exams, and much more. Having only recently completed training, I can vouch for the fact that following these tips will make for smooth sailing. If you have wondered what you were getting into or perhaps worried about what you might be missing from your career, this book will certainly hold your hand. There is a collection of lovely anecdotes dotted around the book practically illustrating what it is to be a GP by immersing you in thought or laughter!

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