As an approved training Practice, we regularly have training doctors working under supervision in the surgery. The length of time spent with us may vary from a few months to one year. All these doctors are already experienced in hospital work and are spending time with us as part of their General Practitioner Training.
From time to time these training doctors may be required to video their consultations. Patients will be informed in advance if a surgery is being videoed and their written consent will be obtained. Patients can reserve the right to not be videoed.
The Practice also takes medical students for short spells of time who sit in on surgeries and observe. Patients are informed beforehand if this is the case, and can request that the medical student is not present if they so wish.
This Healthcare Organisation is working together with the University of Plymouth, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry to host medical students to assist with their learning. You may be asked to talk to or be seen by a student either with the doctor or nurse or on their own. The student will introduce him or herself and ask to discuss your medical problem and examine you.
Students are supervised at all times by the placement supervisor and a health care professional, usually your doctor. Like qualified practitioners, the students guarantee your privacy and confidentiality. You may find helping students in their learning interesting and stimulating.
The students and the Faculty appreciate your contribution to the education of future doctors. If you would like to make any comment or have further questions, please speak to a member of staff.
Do patients have to accept?
If at any stage you DO NOT wish to be seen by the medical student you may decline the offer. You DO NOT have to give a reason and your care will not be affected in any way.