GP ST3 Out of Programme Experience (OOPE) London, Clinical Education Fellow and Founder of the Dr Me Project
I applied for GP training straight after completing the foundation programme. As a foundation doctor, I really enjoyed all my posts, which made many specialties seem appealing in their own way. I found general practice was the only specialty that allowed me to continue exploring a wide range of experiences, including medicine, surgery, paediatrics and public health - something that no other training scheme offers.
The structure of the GP training programme allows trainees to take ownership of their learning experience and to tailor to their individual needs. Personally I’ve been allowed to incorporate aspects of medicine outside of clinical work such as education and leadership.
I am on an out of programme experience year between ST2 and ST3 to further my interests in medical education as a Clinical Education Fellow at Imperial College School of Medicine. This is a privileged opportunity, supported by my programme directors and deanery. I’m gaining skills in developing curricula and assessment so that I can continue to re-invest in general practice.
My training gives me the appropriate background and space to pursue my passions in public health and health education, while still being firmly grounded in clinical practice. These experiences have contributed to the development of the health promotion and widening participation Dr Me project that trains doctors and medical students to teach basic self-care in local primary schools.
I’ve also taken the opportunity to act as a representative and Chair for my local Health Education England (HEE) GP trainee committee and as an Associate in training representative at the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). This experience has led to further exciting projects involving GP curriculum review and e-portfolio development.
As someone who has always enjoyed exploring new ideas and opportunities, general practice is the ideal medical specialty as it continually enables doctors to shape their careers and pursue a variety of interests alongside their clinical work.