Dartmouth Medical Practice

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Registrars and Medical Students

What is a GP Registrar?
We are a training Practice, which means that fully-qualified doctors, who have usually completed their training in hospital medicine and then spend up to eighteen months working in a practice to develop their skills in general practice.

We usually have at least one GP Registrar and you may be offered an appointment with him/her at the surgery.

By the time you see a GP registrar they will have spent time at a medical school to qualify as a doctor. They will then have completed 2 years working in hospitals (previously known as “house jobs”. They will then start a 3-year training programme to become a GP, during which they will spend 18 months in a training practice.

GP Registrars work alongside the GPs in the practice and will always have a GP on hand should they feel they require a second opinion.


Medical Students

Medical Students usually spend 6-8 weeks at the surgery. These students are at the early stage of medical training and do not all go on to become GPs. Some will go on to become surgeons or other specialist clinicians. The time they spend in the surgery allows skills to be taught such as examination and history taking skills.

Students spend a lot of their time sitting in on patient consultations with a GP. You will always be told when you arrive at the surgery that a Medical Student will be present in your consultation. You can, of course if you prefer, ask that the Medical Student is excused while you undergo your consultation if you should wish to. As a teaching practice we believe that having Medical Students on site is a benefit not only to the student, but the wider population who may go on to need the skills of the Medical Student in the future.