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GPs asked to consider hosting medical students in 2020 and beyond


In 2020, local GPs will again have the opportunity to mentor students from Bond and Griffith Universities, as part of Gold Coast Primary Health Network’s (GCPHN) clinical placements program.

Dr James Courts, an experienced GP Trainer from Harbourtown Medical Centre, says that one of the benefits of hosting medical students is the mixture of experiences and knowledge they can bring to your practice.

“Medical students come from varied backgrounds and experiences. They are currently at the cutting edge of medical knowledge, with which they can teach us old dogs, new tricks.

Griffith Yr. 2 student Kiara Reddy & Dr James Courts | Harbourtown Medical Centre

Dr Courts also believes that having medical students in his practice has contributed to more holistic care of his patients.

“Medical students can provide an antidote to burn-out,” he said. “They can stimulate new skills and knowledge, which can facilitate better patient care.”

Dr Nick Lubke from MyHealth Benowa is a Griffith University graduate and started taking medical students this year.

Dr Lubke believes that providing students the opportunity to conduct placement in his practice gives future doctors important insight into the role a GP has in the care of their patients outside of hospital.

“As medical students with predominantly hospital-based clinical exposure transition to junior doctors working in the hospital system, a general practice placement provides them with an important insight into the role a GP has in the care of their patients, before and after a hospital admission.”
Dr Nicholas Lubke & Griffith Yr. 2 student Matisse Fox | Myhealth Benowa

Dr Lubke encourages other GPs who might be considering taking on students, to think of how it will benefit your practice and your patients.

“Hosting medical students is an opportunity to demonstrate to our patients that our medical centre has a focus not only on health care, but also on community engagement.”

“Having a medical student present during consultations provides the opportunity to discuss patient care and treatment options and adds another dimension to patient consultations.”

With student numbers continuing to increase there is a real need for GPs to oversee student placements to support the future workforce.

Commitment from a GP can be as little as three days (one day a week for three weeks), and can increase from there, depending on the level of involvement a GP would like to have.
More information about this opportunity can be found on the Clinical Placements page on HealthyGC or by contacting Peter Northcott on 07 5612 5419 or RSVPs close Friday 27 September 2019.
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