The Department of General Practice is located, with the Department of Epidemiology and Public
Health, in Distillery House, North Mall. This is the large building found at the top of the North Mall
and the bottom of Sundays Well Road just across the footbridge over the North Channel of the River
Lee near the Mercy Hospital.
University College Cork
About the Department
The Department of General Practice was established in June 1997 with the appointment of Colin
Bradley to the Chair. Prior to his appointment UCC had an involvement with postgraduate training
in general practice as a participant (along with the Southern Health Board) in the management of the
Cork Vocational Training Programme for General Practice. Responsibility for undergraduate
teaching in general practice had, until 1997, been vested in the former Department of Social
Medicine. With Professor Bradley's appointment this is set to expand.
The first innovation to be undertaken by the Department was the institution of a Family Attachment
Scheme in which students in the second year of their course visit a family one of whose members
has a long-term health problem. Suitable families are selected by local general practitioners who
also support and guide the students during their involvement with the family. The seminars for
fourth and fifth years have been revamped and will now be related to student's clinical experience
in general practice which will become a permanent feature of the curriculum . This year (1997/1998)
students will have a two week clinical attachment in general practice to take place in the third term of
the fourth year. The department is also instituting some additional video-based training in
communication skills for the third years to be offered during their introduction to clinical studies.
Finally, the Department of General Practice, in conjunction with the Department of Psychiatry, is
developing behavioural science teaching for the medicine course.