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Overview of Scheme

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The   aim   of   the   programme   is   to   provide   an   optimal   environment   for   personal   and   professional   growth   for   the   trainee   and   enable   them to:

  • Be eligible to enrol on the Specialist Medical Register, in General Practice                                                 
  • Practice life long learning to mantain them in their career as General Practitioners
  • Promote self-awareness and how it affects doctor-patient, personal and professional relationships
  • Practice critical evaluatio, audit and research

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.