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By John Howie, Michael Whitfield

The 1st collective list of the evolution of common clinical perform as an educational self-discipline over part a century. This anthology captures the tales of the early struggles to establish college departments among visionary supporters and traditionalist blockers in addition to the progressively expanding successes aided through a devoted investment procedure. The debts are written the place attainable by way of the folk excited by the early advancements in their topic. those stories are of imaginative and prescient, dedication and resilience and are fascinating either of their personal correct and for the extra basic classes they let us know concerning the techniques of constructing institutional switch inside a contemporary democracy.

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Teaching of communication skills was a particular interest of Robin Hull and with the aid of the university film and video unit a busy programme was started. This then moved first into teaching sessions involving student nurses and physiotherapists, where team ideas could be explored, and, later, into joint sessions involving mature general practitioners and consultants. A presentation was given by Michael Drury at the Royal College of Physicians ‘recent advances in medicine’ course in Regents Park, after which he was asked by a member of the audience to speak to the charitable board of a merchant bank.

We expanded further into the curriculum. We had been worried that the exposure of students to live patients came so late that pre-conceived attitudes were already formed, so we introduced, amid much anxiety from other departments, a programme of early exposure in the first year. Our teaching practices were asked to invite families to allow a student to become attached to them for a year. Families were to include a patient with chronic illness, or an expectant mother, or a disabled adult or child.

The other major fortuitous activity was the development of the NHS R&D initiative which in the mid-1990s had several commissioned calls for research that spoke strongly to the academic general practice agenda and skill base. This, together with further funds to appoint two lecturers in general practice, marked the beginning of an extremely successful research unit, initially as part of the then department of social medicine and later as an autonomous division in the medical school. As the grants were obtained more staff were appointed, a sufficient critical mass developed, high quality papers began to be published and a virtuous circle began.

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