The attitudes of both medical schools and medical students to general practice have changed in the last twenty years, and now there is much interest in the community as an area where students should have some of their training. Much is owed to the Todd Report, changes in curriculum and exams to include G.P. studies, and the foundation of new universities where behavioural studies feature largely in the curriculum. The cynical might also claim that the improved financial status of the G.P. and his relative freedom from bureaucratic restrictions in comparison with his hospital colleagues have added to students’ interest. However, when a student visits a practice, both student and G.P. can be seen to benefit and it is hoped more practitioners will feel able to take part in undergraduate education at all levels.
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