Medical Students

Students on Arran

Please be aware, that as of September 2018, we are unable to take any undergraduate students on formal, self-arranged or elective placements. This is due to workload pressures from other practice activity. We hope that this situation will improve, but in the meantime we are unable to organise any placements for the foreseeable future.

Glasgow & Dundee Medical Students

Arran Medical Group participates in Dundee and Glasgow Medical School student teaching. We offer a number of placements each year, and have found that students seem to enjoy their placements with us, sometimes coming back for more!

We aim to tailor the placement according to student needs, and this can include everything from following certain patients over the block, to emergency care at the hospital.

With a dedicated group practice serving a remote and rural population, and a highly active community hospital, it is a great place to experience rural general practice. Medical practice here is varied, challenging and interesting.

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A vital part of the experience of rural general practice is seeing what it means to live and work in a close knit community. Meeting the people and experiencing the mountains, beaches and activities on Arran are as important as much of the clinical work. We hope students can gain some insight into the benefits and challenges of life as an island doctor. Please have a look at the rest of the Arran Medical Group website for more information on healthcare on Arran.

Students are normally based at the Shiskine and Brodick Practices but can spend time in all three practices. There is the opportunity to experience a wide range of GP led services including:  palliative care, geriatric medicine, fracture clinics, minor surgery, accident and emergency and inpatient care.

The new Shiskine Surgery was opened in June 2008 and there is lots of space to allow students to have a room to work from, access the internet and see patients. Accomodation will be B&B or, when there is more than one student, a flat or house. The practice will help get this set up.

Having a car is a major advantage on Arran, however we realise this isn’t always possible for students. We try to structure your programme to minimise travel between sites, but on occasion it may be necessary to use public transport.

Dr Hamill and Dr Guthrie are responsible for our medical student training, and are keen to ensure that students see a wide variety of our practice whilst with us. We offer one or two month placements for Dundee students, and have a separate page (password available on request) to help with some information before the placement starts.

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Glasgow final year medical student Conor O’Doherty joined us for a GP placement in September 2014.  Here’s what he says about learning on Arran…

“I felt the block was very organised and was well coordinated to give me clinical experience relevant to my learning at this stage. Time was set aside for student led surgeries during which my consultation skills have improved with the help of personal feedback and stimulating discussion on theory around good consulting practice.

This placement ticked all the boxes regarding my learning objectives, both from the university and personally, while all the staff made me feel really welcome and were very supportive.

The island itself is also an incredibly enjoyable place to live, with plenty of activities to keep anyone interested. All of these things made Arran tough to leave – I almost did not go due to lack of funding for accommodation but I am extremely glad I managed to find the funds, as I could not have imagined a better GP block.

Regarding my medical studies I feel I have benefited a lot from the experience while enjoying it thoroughly. I would most definitely recommend it to colleagues.”

Medical Electives & Special Study Modules

Please note that we have no further availability in 2019 for student electives.

Arran is a popular destination for Medical Students most years we have had several elective students.  We get over 40 applications for electives each year, so unfortunately we have to restrict how many students we take.

If you are interested in the study opportunities that we have to offer on Arran, please contact Dr Hamill or Dr Guthrie using the contact form on this website.  We’ll do our best to fit something around our student placement commitments, but please be aware this isn’t always possible.

We also have good links with our confreres at Islay Medical Services, who offer rural placements for Glasgow students too.