The aim of the programme is to provide an optimal environment for personal and professional growth for the trainee and enable them to:
The basic aim is to enable doctors, at the end of their training, to function independently as competent family doctors within the health care system and to be aware of their own changing personal, educational & developmental needs in order to be able to meet them. In order to promote life long learning, an interactive teaching model, with a strong emphasis on self-study in order to stimulate trainee’s creativity is used. Within the small group work, the trainee learns teamwork, how to keep secrets, how to accept changing truths.
Through the ‘human doctor’ programme, he or she develops counselling skills and achieves human growth. During the four-year programme, which combines high challenge with high support, the trainee hopefully develops competence in dealing with disease, develops a professional identity and learns to heal.
The scheme is based on the 1st floor in the Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS) Building at the University of Limerick.
The ethos of the programme is experiential, that is learning by doing. The content of the programme is dictated by the trainees’ needs, with topic menus provided by the scheme. The methods used in the day-release small group are varied but are usually, problem based with time given at each session for process analysis. This keeps the session real and allows the trainees assess their successes and failures and tease out why. As with all problem based programmes there is a critical evaluation and personal development section to enhance the trainees learning experience.
This is facilitated by the Human Doctor Programme and away days at Glenstal Abbey on self-care and mindfulness. A very successful trainee led journal club is also run every week where self chosen pre-read papers are evaluated.