General Practice Specialist Trainee
The GPST is a fully qualified doctor who is undergoing specialist training to become a GP. They will usually be with the practice for 18 months over a 3 year period. They will run their own surgeries and do house calls under the supervision of the partners within the practice. Sometimes they may sit in with other GPs to gain experience and from time to time they will video their consultations (with your full consent) to enable them to analyse their communication skills. We are excited about post graduate education and would hope that you will support the practice in this by welcoming our GPSTs to the clinical team and considering them a valued resource.
The GP Retainer Scheme enables qualified GPs who are unable for the present to commit themselves to a full-time post to continue working in General Practice in order to maintain and develop their skills and enter a permanent post when their circumstances permit.
Medical & Nursing Students
From time to time we help train Medical and Nursing students from The Universities of St Andrews, Dundee and Aberdeen. These students may sit with the Doctor or Nurse during consultations or accompany one of the GPs, District Nurses or Health Visitors to your home.
Senior Medical students from Dundee and Aberdeen University are with the practice for up to 7 weeks at a time and during their time at the practice they will carry out consultations on their own. Allowing students to try to help you with your problems before discussing them with the GP is a valuable learning experience for the student. Please be assured that these students are supervised at all times and adhere to the same confidentiality policies as all of our staff.
The Nursing Team, District Nurses and Health Visitors occasionally have Nursing and Midwifery students on placement. We are grateful for your help with their training also.
Experience of real patient problems and examinations is essential to the training of future Doctors and Nurses. However please feel free to say if you do not wish to have a student present during your consultation.