Year 4 and 6 Medical Student Programmes -Patients as Educators

Historically, Barnet has had a strong reputation for teaching and training of medical students and GPs.  In 2017, Barnet Training Hub was tasked with the development and delivery of a series of six workshops to the 2018/19 cohort of UCL 6th year medical students on the topic of Multimorbidity, Complexity and Polypharmacy in Long Term Conditions.


These programmes have been created with the aim of delivering community based teaching to UCL Year 4 & Year 6 Medical Students as part of their core curriculum.  The aim is to expose students to elements of primary care practice that have limited coverage in lecture or hospital based teaching.  The programmes broaden the existing Near Peer Teaching by GP trainees of Y4 medical students and traditional general practice placements in Barnet practices.


The overarching aims of these workshops are to:


  • Highlight the role of primary care and its multiprofessional approach to patient care and the complexity of care delivered in the community
  • Enhance students’ perceptions of GP as a final career choice.
  • Increase medical students’ understanding of the roles of primary care and community health professionals and the contribution they make to patient care by exposing them to teaching from allied professional groups.

For more information please see the attached report or contact Medical Student Programme Lead, Dr Joanna Yong at