On Saturday 3rd of March the GP society team trundled along to London Bridge’s Guys Campus
for the RCGP Discover GP conference- an event hosted this year by Kings Medical School in collaboration with other medical schools in the South of England. It was a day to explore general practice and the exciting opportunities available to those at the forefront of medical care in the UK.
The day started off with a video welcome from the Chair of the RCGP and this was followed by inspiring talks by Professor Mayur Lakhani and Professor Valerie Wass on the future of general practice.
The delegates then broke up into groups according to which workshop sessions they had signed up to. It was a shame that we couldn’t attend all the talks but below are some of our favourites.
- Diversifying GP- Portfolio GPs
- Dr Rasha Godelrab
- Dr Natasha Malik
- Dr Craig Seymour
- Dr Anjalay Mirchandan
The UCL GP society organised this workshop and this marked the return of some of the doctors from our GPSI event earlier in the year. The talk discussed the option within general practice to develop a special interest in an area of medicine. These interests can range from medical education, women’s health, A&E, dermatology, technology to outreach work. This session was a chance to present how diverse this areaof medicine is and highlight the exciting developments to come over the next few years.
2. Media- letting the facts get in the way of a good headline
- Dr Sarah Jarvis
This session was a lesson in the importance of clear communication and debunking misleading (but technically true) headlines. Dr Jarvis has experience with this, not only in her GP life but also her role in the mass media where is the medical reporter for The One Show, Good Morning Britain and the clinical consultant for Patient UK. She started off reminding us that when
talking to the media it is essential to confirm the quote before allowing printing- indeed she noted that this is perhaps even more important for magazines that tend to be read over a longer period of time as they’re found in hair salons, hotel lobbies and indeed GP practice waiting rooms.
She warned of poorly interpreted information and admitted that whilst there are certainly positives of the internet in relation the health, there is the downfall that a lot of content is not policed for medical accuracy.
With the example study that shows there are higher incidences of hedgehog deaths in neighbourhoods with a greater number of TV licences she showed that correct interpretation is vital. Though this spike in deaths is correct, the ownership of a television is not responsible, rather that the areas with greater numbers of TV’s tend to have greater populations of people and this is in keeping with the presence of more cars and as a result more hedgehog deaths.
The next example of ‘women who wear tights the most have a greater incidence of breast cancer’ acted in the same way- areas where tights are worn, are colder, more developed, have higher incidence of obesity and as such increased incidence of breast cancer.
Overall the session was actually the perfect advert for the CPP lectures that form part of our course and how important it is for us to be honest with patients.
- Dr Rupy Aujla
Perhaps better known as ‘The Doctor’s Kitchen’, Dr Rupy Aujla spoke on the importance of nutrition in maintaining the health of patients and doctors alike. In partnership with Bristol Medical school he is involved in rolling out a nutrition program for the students teaching them how to cook with health benefits in mind. He talked about burn out in the profession and how vital it is that we prioritise our own health to ensure that the next 40 years of our careers are positive. He is a GP who also helps run the A&E at Chelsea and Westminster and loves the variety that general practice offers.
He let the session be run by the students watching, reminding us that we should incorporate our loves outside of medicine with the career, as he did with his enjoyment of cooking. Boasting 88k followers on Instagram alongside his own cooking book he has had an extremely positive role in promoting healthy eating and he told us to find our love and dream big.
The day was a positive one that left only room for excitement for the future of general practice and I honestly can’t wait for next years event!
By Anne Fitzgibbon