I feel like a lot of the critical thinking I was able to do this summer will, in the long run, influence the ways I approach medicine in the future"
- SPCR intern, 2018
The School’s internship programme offers medical students a unique opportunity to join a research team for hands-on experience, in one of our partner departments, for a few weeks over the summer. The programme was established in 2018 to address the issues identified by the 2016 Health Education England and the Medical Schools Council published ‘By choice – not by chance’ document. It aims to address concerns about the recruitment of medical students to careers in general practice, and the need for greater collaboration to raise the academic profile of general practice.
Our partners have provided a list of potential projects for involvement in the links below, please get in touch with the relevant academics if you are interested in applying and/or for more information.
The 2018 & 2019 Interns mentioned these benefits:
- Being in a research environment
- Interview analysis, working on both quantitative and qualitative studies and an understanding of how they work together to validate findings
- Crystalising statistical and epidemiological knowledge
- Learning how policy is developed, piloted and reviewed
- Using fresh data sets, large data sets and statistical software
- Developing skills in self management and proactively identifying projects
- The opportunity to design and carry out a research study
- To see how primary care researchers divide their time between clinical and academic work
- Valuable insights into the world of academic and epidemiological research
- Working on publications
2019 Interns in the news: Encouraging careers in academic primary care
2018 Interns in the news: Changing impressions of primary care research
I highly recommend the internship. Really grateful for all the support I continue to receive from my supervisors. They’ve encouraged me to push this project all the way to conference presentations and publications."