Teaching Programme


The aim of the Cork General Practice Training Programme is to provide professional training in General Practice in the HSE South region:

  • To promote and support the on-going professional training of physicians in the specialty of General practice in the HSE South region.
  • To develop the knowledge, skills and values of a reflexive general practitioner, emphasising the principles of patient-centred care, quality of patient care, continuity of patient care, critical and continuous learning and professional development for the GP trainee.  
  • To support ethical and professional practice with patients during in-service training, while acknowledging the educational needs of the trainees.
  • To introduce and promote trainees' participation in the professional community of General Practitioners.
  • To confer eligibility for ICGP membership.
  • To confer eligibility for Specialist Registration in General Practice.

Curriculum for Training

The ICGP Curriculum has been designed and endorsed for use by those in involved in GP training and education.

Principles of Teaching

    • The course should be problem- and patient-based.
    • Active and reflective learning principles should be promoted 
    • There should be collaboration between Trainees and teachers on topics chosen and participation.
    • There should be explicit overall objectives.
    • There should be initial and periodic formative assessment with Trainees.
    • Teaching should be multi-disciplinary when ever possible.

Suggested Reading

The curriculum of general practice is very wide, and formal teaching over four years cannot hope to cover everything which a general practitioner should know. Trainees should consult the list of recommended books and journals for further information on topics not covered in teaching sessions. Incoming trainees are advised to read some of the introductory texts on the nature of general practice in order to derive the maximum benefit from the first year day release and their hospital experience.

Teaching Structure

The programme is structured on the basis of adult, continuing learning, and all components of the training programme have both teaching and learning content.

Formal teaching takes place in a number of settings (each of these is described in more detail below).

    • Hospital Posts

Formal teaching is provided by hospital teachers during the two years' hospital experience which begins the programme.

    • Training Practices

During the third and fourth years of training each registrar is attached to a training practice, where both formal and informal teaching is provided by the assigned trainer and often other practice members.

    • Day Release

Throughout the four years of training, weekly formal day release teaching is provided by the Programme Directing Team, for a half-day weekly for the first two years and for a full day in the final two years of training.

Study Facilities

Trainees have full access to all the study facilities of UCC, including the Boole Library, the Cork University Hospital Medical Library and Medical Library Brookfield (BHSC), to HSE libraries and to the HSE on-line library and learning resourcesand to the ICGP library including ICGP on-line facilities.