Training and Education

Training and Education

Training and Education

Undergraduate Medical Students

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.

All current students should access student specific placement information via Canvas. 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.

Any queries regaridng your GP rotation and/or GP clinical placements should be directed to GP departmental administrators Eilis Murphy/Miriam Maume via email: or by telephone +353 (0) 21 490 1572. 

GP Specialist Training

For medical postgraduate students who wish to pursue their career in General Practice, the Cork Specialist Training Programme for General Practice 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.

More information about the Cork Specialist Training Programme is available on their website.

Postgraduate Education and CPD

The department currently offers postgraduate CPD modules in Diabetes in Primary Care and Cardiovascular Disease in Primary Care, which are run annually. 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:

GP5100 Diabetes in Primary Care 

GP5101 Cardiovascular Disease in Primary Care

GP5102 Dementia in Primary Care

For more information about any of our CPD courses, events or modules, or to apply for a place, please contact the GP Department directly.

For further information about the full range of CPD opportunities for GPs and health professionals please visit the UCC School of Medicine CPD website, the UCC College of Medicine and Health website.  


Department of General Practice

Cleachtadh Ginearálta

Room 2.41, T12 XF62