Rotation – General Practice

Avg. time commitment – 20-30 hours/week

Clerkship Director
Mehul Sheth, MD

Clerkship Coordinator: Lisa Casey

Dress Code

  • Clinic attire every day

Typical Schedule

  • A long day on GP is 8am – 5pm, usually on double clinic days (morning & afternoon)
  • A short day may be as little as 2 hours, only lecture or PBL, or 4 hours for clinic
  • Clinics – a total of 28 clinics in the rotation
    • 4 hours/clinic
    • The rotation is split between clinic at the main campus and a satellite campus.
  • Lectures and workshops
    • 2-5 hours/week
  • PBL sessions
    • 2-3 hours per week, usually Friday afternoon
    • PBL is a time to practice exams and patient presentations

Relevant locations

  • Clinics on the Main Campus are in the Ochsner Center for Primary Care and Wellness building
  • PBL: Academic Building
  • Lectures: usually in the same room as PBL

Recommended pocket resources

  • Stethoscope
  • Pen light
  • Reflex hammer

Most used clinical skills

  • Clinical interviews
  • Physical exams for all systems – both full exams and abbreviated versions
  • H&P Presentation – problem-based presentation and treatment plan
  • Know/Learn how to use the resources provided in the clinic exam rooms

Recommended Study resources

  • The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine- excellent pocket guide with synopses of common pathologies
  • Blackboard resources – UQ MCQ exam draws heavily from the lectures and VOPPs
  • The Dx and Mx cases you face in your exams are often very similar to those in the database on Bb
  • PBL sessions – an excellent time to practice the Dx and Mx cases!


  • MCQ exam (50 questions) – 33%
  • Diagnostic case – 33%
  • Management case – 33%
  • Subjective preceptor evaluations (CPA) and attendance – P/F

Pearls for success

  • Basically the only way to prepare for the MCQ is to know the Bb resources really well. Almost every MCQ comes from a VOPP or lecture slide
  • Use your GP to hone your history taking, physical exam and presentation skills. You will be slow at first but that is OK. Practice makes perfect and these skills form the core of all medical practice.
  • Get to know how to use EPIC most effectively for clinic visits!
  • Getting a good mark depends heavily on doing well on the Dx and Mx cases. Usually the topics on your exams come right from the Bb database, which you should use for practice.
  • Practice, practice, practice – good time management skills are essential! They expect you to cram a lot into a short amount of time during the Dx and especially the Mx cases.