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Old Machar Medical Practice is committed to the development of General Practice and as such has developed an active interest in medical and nursing education. As a result we are involved in the teaching of postgraduate doctors who wish to become general practitioners, undergraduate medical students , and student nurses.
GP Specialty training - qualified doctors who have spent a number of years working in hospitals who wish to become General Practitioners have to undertake 18 months training in an approved practice under the supervision of an approved GP Trainer. The Old Machar Medical Practice has been a training practice since 2002.
Medical students - recently the emphasis for undergraduate medical education has moved more from hospitals to Primary Care. Medical Students from Aberdeen University from 4th year onwards are taught in the Old Machar Medical Practice where they experience all areas of Primary Care.
Nurse Practitioner Training - The role of the Nurse Practitioner is relatively new to the UK, its origins being established in the USA, where Nurse Practitioners have contributed to patient care since the 1970’s. Nurse Practitioners are experienced Registered Nurses who have undertaken further training to develop skills and knowledge. They provide an extended nursing service that incorporates aspects of care that may previously have been provided by a Doctor, such as physical examination and diagnosing and treating common health problems.
Current trends within General Practice are focused on providing a wider rang of choice, services and care. This surgery has chosen to train a Nurse Practitioner to help meet these needs.
Nursing students - community and practice nursing has for long periods of time been part of the nursing curriculum. Nursing students from Robert Gordon's University are taught in the Old Machar Medical Practice where they have attachments with our Practice Nurses, District Nurses, and Health Visiting teams
Video sessions - we do on occasion use video recording equipment in consultation as part of the teaching process; patient consent for this will always be requested beforehand.
It is hoped that all patients will assist with these educational initiatives but if you wish to see the doctor alone please do not hesitate to ask for the student to leave or the video camera to be switched off.