Derbyshire, H and Rees, E and Gay, SP and McKinley, RK (2014) Undergraduate teaching in UK general practice: a geographical snapshot. British Journal of General Practice, 64 (623). 336 -345. ISSN 1478-5242

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BACKGROUND: Learning in general practice is an essential component of undergraduate medical education; currently, on average, 13% of clinical placements in the UK are in general practice. However, whether general practice can sustainably deliver more undergraduate placements is uncertain. AIM: To identify the geographical distribution of undergraduate teaching practices and their distance from the host medical school. DESIGN AND SETTING: National survey of all medical schools in the UK. METHOD: All 33 UK medical schools were invited to provide the postcodes of their undergraduate teaching practices. These were collated, de-duplicated, and mapped. The distance in kilometres and journey times by car and public transport between each medical school and its teaching practices was estimated using Transport Direct ( The postcodes of every practice in the UK were obtained from the UK's health departments. RESULTS: All 33 UK medical schools responded; 4392 practices contributed to teaching, with a median (minimum-maximum) of 142 (17-385) practices per school. The median (minimum-maximum) distance between a school and a teaching practice was 28 km (0-1421 km), 41 (0:00-23:26) minutes' travel by car and 1 hour 12 (0:00-17:29) minutes' travel by public transport. All teaching practices were accessible by public transport in one school and 90-99% were in a further four schools; 24 schools had >20% of practices that were inaccessible by public transport. CONCLUSION: The 4392 undergraduate teaching general practices are widely distributed and potentially any practice, no matter how isolated, could contribute to undergraduate education. However, this is, at the price of a considerable travel burden.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: education, medical, undergraduate, general practice, geographic mapping, health resources, preceptorship
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General) > R735 Medical education. Medical schools. Research
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Primary Care Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 19 May 2015 11:29
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2017 16:09

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