Discover GP at the Royal College of General Practitioners Euston Square.
“On Tuesday 5th December, 13 year 10 students visited the Royal College of General Practitioners, located in Euston Square. We took part in a variety of activities to enrich our knowledge and understanding about GP’s. These activities varied from roleplays, to making drawings about the perfect general practitioner. My personal favourite activity was the roleplay, in which we had to persuade people to pursue a career in medicine and specifically a general practitioner; however we only had 2 minutes to do so. My group performed a scene where someone was shadowing the GP to get a more in-depth understanding about their everyday life and what being a GP actually consists of for example: paperwork, referrals and home visits. My group won the roleplay competition! We additionally learnt about research that can be completed and how you can shadow GP’s for work experience! Consequently, we learnt that GP’s are responsible for teaching society and less experienced colleagues and that they are sources of advice, tutorship and advice. One of the things that I learnt, which I felt was most important, was this saying: ‘Education is happening through consultation.’ Overall, I believe I have profited greatly from this fantastic experience.” By Isobel Bonning 10S
“On Tuesday we had a true insight into the lives of a General Practitioner and the different career paths surrounding medicine. From the morning to afternoon, the day was filled with speeches from GP’s and junior doctors. They explained their aspirations and what inspired them to become what they are. I particularly enjoyed observing an example GP appointment, as it helped us understand how an encounter should occur and what sort of questions are asked. The respect and non judgemental attitude was reassuring and comforting to watch, as the issues discussed were kept confidential. The various activities helped us to understand more about medical jobs and how to achieve the necessary requirements to become them. Overall, the day was fascinating and inclusive. It ultimately assisted with decisions on A-level options and Colleges or Universities options.” By Billy Roberts
“We went on a trip to know more about becoming General Practice (GP). It was less boring than what it sounds like, I promise. We did a range of activities, my favourite one was making up an advert for more people to become a GP. We learnt that a GP doesn’t always stay in a room and isn’t always a boring job, you get to know people’s stories, to perform some simple surgery, to work in teams, do home visits, to cure and to be a counsellor and someone that your patients really trust. They explained to us why they love being a GP and some of their stories. It was an amazing experience and now I’m thinking about medicine as an option aswell.” By Clara Rodriguez.
“30 Euston Square; the Royal College of General Practitioners was the point where our journey of discovery about medicine and learning in more depth about life as a GP, began.
Going in with an open mind, the day started with greetings accompanied with food and drinks. Once assembled in our groups accompanied, by a medical student, the day ahead was packed with interactive activities. Every minute was enjoyable and fascinating. We started by getting to know our medical student on our tables and how/where we would see ourselves in the future in a career in medicine. This was followed by activities where we discovered more about what a doctor’s job entails and what the life as a GP involved.
The key question of ‘what makes a good GP?’ was when a poster was created by our teams and presented to the other students. We were tasked to persuade people in our group to become GPs as our doctors had just doubled in terms of numbers; a challenging task that involved us watching students perform role plays and TV commercials, posters, leaflets and even songs. To end the day, we were lucky enough to listen to medical students and GPs share their incredible stories about the lives they have saved, why to become a GP, understanding the skills the role involves, the different career paths that can be taken and why the many years of studying and working are worth paying the £9,000 a year tuition fees.
From this trip, it has opened my eyes to considering a career in medicine as a GP. The perception of a GP sitting in a chair just seeing ill patients all day, is not the reality of the job. I now know how exciting and what their packed days involve, as well as the many possible career pathways open to you in medicine, from working as a GP, in a hospital as well as working in the military or for a football club, for example.
A really great and informative day out. ” By Ella Margetts
Feedback from GPs:
‘The GP’s had great feedback about working with your students and it is an indication of the bright future they have. We appreciate all the feedback you and your students have given us and we will look at this and see how we can make day’s like this better. We wish all the students all the best and we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy new year”.