A placement in remote general practice
A placement in remote general practice provides plenty of opportunities to get hands on experience and see a variety of presentations
A placement based at a remote general practice offers opportunities to see how a general practitioner (GP) deals with a wide variety of presentations with limited resources.1
One GP on call can be responsible for the care of a whole island and the nearest hospital may only be accessible by boat or helicopter. Without the support of secondary care services, GPs may be expected to deliver care typically provided in secondary care settings. Steve McCabe, a GP based on the Isle of Skye, describes life as a rural GP as being a “jack of all trades and a master of some.”
This article gives an overview of what you can learn from a GP placement in a remote area in the United Kingdom, the challenges of working in these settings, and how to organise your own placement.
From minor surgery to psychotherapy to observing palliative care at small community hospitals,