Back to Journals » Advances in Medical Education and Practice » Volume 8

Improvements in primary care skills and knowledge with a vocational training program: a medical student's perspective

Authors Ghosh A, Kapila D, Ghosh T

Received 11 August 2017

Accepted for publication 26 August 2017

Published 15 September 2017 Volume 2017:8 Pages 633—635


Checked for plagiarism Yes

Editor who approved publication: Dr Md Anwarul Majumder

Anita Ghosh, Diya Kapila, Trisha Ghosh
Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London, Kensington, London, UK
We read with great interest, the article by Djalali et al evaluating the impact of a training program during residency, targeted toward primary care.1 This resonated with us from a medical student’s perspective as we are fortunate enough to have a similar program at medical school. Although the article states that future career choices are more likely to be determined during residency, we believe that this can be nurtured earlier through knowledge and early exposure. 

Author’s reply

Sima Djalali

Institute of Primary Care, University of Zurich, University Hospital of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland 

We appreciate Ghosh et al’s feedback and agree with them. Time spent in primary care during residency (average period of time/timing at the beginning or toward the end of education) is an easy-to-measure and easy-to-compare variable. That is why many studies rely on this variable.1–4 In contrast, content quality of training programs − including GP attitude toward student teaching − is much more difficult to define and to measure, though it might be the key to evoke awareness and enthusiasm for primary care medicine.

|View the original paper by Djalali and colleagues.

Creative Commons License This work is published and licensed by Dove Medical Press Limited. The full terms of this license are available at and incorporate the Creative Commons Attribution - Non Commercial (unported, v3.0) License. By accessing the work you hereby accept the Terms. Non-commercial uses of the work are permitted without any further permission from Dove Medical Press Limited, provided the work is properly attributed. For permission for commercial use of this work, please see paragraphs 4.2 and 5 of our Terms.

Download Article [PDF]  View Full Text [HTML][Machine readable]