The Department of General Practice at UCC was established in June 1997, with the appointment of Colin Bradley to the Chair. It is a small but dynamic Department with numerous teaching and research interests, and takes an active role in supporting and developing GPs and primary care professionals.
Our aim is to improve health and healthcare through the strengthening and development of primary care services, supporting the training and continuing professional development of GPs and primary care professionals, and contributing to the national and international primary care research agenda.
We are responsible for the delivery of general practice teaching for undergraduate medical students, and our staff teach in three of the five years of the medical undergraduate course. This includes provision of clinical attachments and placements for final year medical students in one of five participating GP practices in County Cork. The Department is developing a range of academic clincial education initiatives including e-PrePP (Preparing for Professional Practice).
The Department has active research interests in a number of clinical areas. Principle research interests are in the areas of chronic disease management in primary care, general practice prescribing, multimorbidity and polypharmacy, ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, epilepsy and primary care management of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and dementia.
Our postgraduate programmes are specifically designed to suit the busy GP or primary care healthcare professional. We provide a supportive learning environment and a range of educational opportunities for postgraduates whether they are registered for a PhD or enrolled on any of our accredited CPD modules and short courses.