Guidelines relating to the workload of the medical student

Setting adequate workloads for the medical student within the practice

There should be an adequate patient load for the medical student.

Consideration should be given to:

  • student’s experience
  • quality of patient care
  • time taken in teaching
  • type of services rendered.

However, the clinical load should mean that the student is occupied during most of their time within the practice.

Allowing for the above factors and normal daily and seasonal fluctuations the student should be able to see a representative case mix of general practice patients.


Guidelines for the Supervision of Medical Students in General Practice (PDF 651 KB) is designed for use by general practitioners and the primary care team to assess their suitability and capability to take on the responsibility for supervising medical students and prevocational doctors.

Teaching medical students - Tips from the frontline an article by Dr James Best uses a case study to illustrate key aspects of supervising medical students in general practice.

Trainees in the Practice: practical issues an article that describes the key aspects of patient and financial management when trainees are present in the practice and suggests solutions to potential issues.

Practice teaching tips for busy clinicians from a series of articles originally published in the Medical Journal of Australia. These also include hospital training, but the principles apply to supervision in the general practice setting. Each topic focuses on how the clinical environment provides enormous opportunities for effective experiential learning.


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