Abstract No. 2045 (Symposium) : TEN YEAR FOLLOW UP OF THE UMDS MSc IN GENERAL PRACTICE

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Calvert G, Britten N Department of General Practice, United Medical and Dental School, London, United Kingdom
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Introduction:
The MSc in General Practice has been running continuously at UMDS since 1986. It is a two year degree offered part time to principals in general practice. A total of 83 general practitioners have been enrolled on the first nine cohorts.
Methods: A questionnaire enquiring about anticipated and unanticipated outcomes of the course was piloted on the two cohorts of current students and then sent to all 76 graduates in the autumn of 1996.
Results: A response rate of 93% was achieved. Of the 71 respondents, 23 have gone on to register for or complete other degrees or diplomas. Over two thirds of respondents had an academic commitment following the MSc. Two thirds were currently engaged in research and over half reported having had work accepted for publication. The majority of graduates confirmed the attainment of all 16 outcomes, although outcomes related to personal achievements were endorsed more strongly than those related to service delivery. Unanticipated outcomes included increased confidence both in terms of new skills and new ways of thinking.
Conclusion:
UMDS graduates are making a significant contribution to their discipline and are unanimous in describing the course as an important event in their personal development. The course organisers are seeking to increase the links between academic study and everyday practice as a result of this survey.