General practice: a leading provider of medical student education in the 21st century?
General practice is well placed to become a major setting for medical student education over the next decade. New models of clinical education are required, to take account of changes in the patient population, disease profile and management strategies. While there has been an increase in general practice-based and other community-based education, there is the potential for further expansion. Evidence for the positive role of general practitioners and general practice in medical education is growing, including the benefits of prevocational training in general practice. If GPs are to assume a major role in community-based education of medical students, there will need to be changes in funding structures and supporting resources, particularly at this time of increasing medical student numbers and workforce shortage and maldistribution.