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Virtual Primary Care

Virtual Primary Care (VPC) is an innovative, general practice based educational resource offering fly on the wall access to 150 diverse, real life primary care consultations recorded in Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol and London. Every consultation has been tagged for clinical and educational content and is accompanied by a brief summary, associated learning points, references and suggested student activities.

Developed by the Medical Schools Council and the Society of Academic Primary Care Heads of GP Teaching Group, VPC has been designed to provide vital support to medical students training in a changed primary care environment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The resource uses video consultations provided by the award winning TV production company Knickerbockerglory, producers of the Channel 5 television series GPs: Behind Closed Doors.

VPC is available to all UK medical schools as part of their membership of the Medical Schools Council. For licensing and security reasons, VPC is not in the public domain but available only to member medical schools.

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Speaking Clinically

The ability to make diagnoses by listening to patients describe their symptoms is one of the most fundamental skills in medicine. Speaking Clinically provides medical students with the opportunity to listen to real patients talk about their diseases, furthering students' understanding and practice. The resource offers access to a video archive of 900 patient interviews which together form a comprehensive learning resource of case studies on different diseases. 

Within each video, patients talk frankly about their medical conditions in unrehearsed interviews. As well as video content, each case is accompanied by a synopsis and a link to further reading and theory.

Speaking Clinically was written, filmed and edited in its entirety by Professor Andy Levy, Professor emeritus at the University of Bristol and run via his company Bristol Medical Pro Ltd with support from the University. It was kindly given to the Medical Schools Council in 2020 as a resource to offer to all UK medical schools. 

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