Introduction to Academic General Practice
The academic career pathway in general practice is not obvious to most entrants to the discipline. This is because at undergraduate and training grades students and junior doctors rarely meet academic GPs in the clinical workplace. Exposure to teachers on the other hand is relatively widespread. About 15% of face to face clinical teaching in London medical schools is carried out by primary care teaching department staff and tutors, and postgraduate clinical teaching is done by highly trained and experienced general practice trainers.
Academic general practice is critical to the future of our discipline so we are constantly on the lookout for doctors who might be the primary care researchers of the future. We have two opportunities for entering the academic career pathway, as an academic clinical fellow or as an academic ST4 registrar. Academic clinical fellows start their higher professional training in the ST1 (first year Specialist Training) grade but have academic training planned into their third and fourth years. Academic ST4 registrars undertake an optional fourth year which is divided between research and teaching and clinical training. Both opportunities are advertised through Health Education England in South and North London but we welcome enquiries from interested doctors here. We expect academic clinical fellows and ST4 registrars to complete and publish their research while with us, and we have developed an excellent track record of converting these posts into NIHR In-Practice Fellowships, and NIHR doctoral training fellowships, the next stages in the academic career pathway.