Training and Education
The Department of General Practice contributes to both of the UCC undergraduate medical programmes - the 5-year ‘Direct Entry’ (DEM) programme primarily for school-leaver students and a 4- year graduate entry programme (GEM), with Departmental staff teaching on each of the 4 or 5 years of the programme.
Medical students at UCC spend considerable time in General Practice placements which are coordinated through the Department of General Practice, in a number of carefully-chosen urban and rural practices. Students work closely with their GP teacher, and become experienced in consultation, examination and communication skills, in addition to gaining insight into how illness affects patients, their families and society.
For second year medical students, the Department of General Practice in conjunction with local GP practices, coordinates the Family Attachment Scheme which puts medical students in contact with a family one of whose members has a long term health problem.
There are a number of GP practices provide placement opportunities for fourth (GEM) / fifth (DEM) year medical students:
- Kinsale Medical Centre
- Tower Medical Centre
- Glanmire Medical Centre
- Living Health Clinic, Mitchelstown
- Medigroup, Cork City
- Duhallow Academy, North Cork
- North Lee
All current students should access student specific placement information via Blackboard. The UCC School of Medicine provides a comprehensive range of information and links for current medical students, including timetabling information, student support and medical societies information.
For medical postgraduate students who wish to pursue their career in General Practice, the Cork Specialist Training Programme for General Practice, which was established in 1972, provides an integrated four-year postgraduate training programme. The first two years are spent in hospital based posts; the third and fourth registrar years are spent in accredited training practices in the Cork region.
The Cork Specialist Training Programme normally has an annual intake of 12 doctors per year.
More information about the Cork Specialist Training Programme is available on their website.
The department currently offers postgraduate CPD modules in Diabetes in Primary Care and Cardiovascular Disease in Primary Care, which are run annually. A further postgraduate CPD module in Dementia in Primary Care will be launched in 2017. These modules are fully accredited by UCC for 10 ECTs and are specifically designed for the needs of a busy primary care clinician. The courses run over a 12 week period with online discussion and learning facillitated by a range of expert tutors, and is accompanied by two practical study days (which are accredited for CPD points and study leave by the ICGP).
Fact files and full details on how to register for each of the CPD modules offered by the Department are available on the UCC postgraduate CPD pages
College Calandar/Book of Modules information about the Department of General Practice CPD modules:
For more information about any of our CPD courses, events or modules, or to apply for a place, please contact the Department directly.
The department is also looking to develop an expanded range of CPD short courses and modules, along with occasional study days, conferences and masterclasses specifically designed for GPs and primary care healthcare professionals. We are always keen to receive any feedback from primary care clinicians as to their CPD priority areas and requirements.