General Practice

The Department of General Practice is involved in teaching across both Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels within RCSI. Throughout all GP education, there is a strong emphasis on the practice of evidence-based medicine, professionalism, appropriate prescribing and reflection.

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At Undergraduate level, the department is involved in teaching throughout Junior, Intermediate and Senior Cycle 1.

In Junior Cycle we coordinate the ‘Introduction to Professional Clinical Practice (IPCP)’ course. This provides students with the opportunity to meet patients early in their training and aims to develop clinical competency and contextualise theoretical learning of knowledge, skills and attitudes.

During Intermediate Cycle students may undertake a Student Selected Component (SSC) which involves a six-week research placement. The department supports students to partake in SSC placements with the HRB Centre for Primary Care Research. The SSC placement aims to provide students with an understanding of the fundamentals of study design and data analysis in primary care research.

During Senior Cycle 1, students undertake a seven-week General Practice Rotation. During rotation, students attend lectures and teaching within the department and spend time in attachments in two separate practices. During the attachment, students will hone their clinical skills by taking histories, performing physical examinations, making differential diagnoses and formulating management plans. Teaching is on a one-to-one basis with one student per surgery for each attachment. Students are given the opportunity to experience one attachment in a rural setting and one attachment in an urban setting.

At Postgraduate level the Department of General Practice is responsible for the delivery of the MSc Healthcare Ethics and Law and the methodological component of the Masters of Surgery programme.

The department is home to the HRB Centre for Primary Care Research, which was established in 2008 and is funded by the Health Research Board (HRB) in Ireland. We are a national centre for research in primary care in Ireland, led by RCSI, in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin, Queen’s University Belfast, and the National University of Ireland, Galway.

The centre, which comprises approximately 25 researchers, academics, and collaborators, provides a vibrant research environment allowing researchers from various disciplines such as general practice, pharmacy, epidemiology, biostatistics, information technology and occupational therapy to collaborate on innovative research. 

The department currently has 56 postgraduate scholars – including seven PhDs, one MD and 48 MSc students – working on a diverse range of projects.

Our overall aim is to enhance patient safety in terms of prescribing, diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to the care of patients utilising information and communication technology (ICT). Our research is organised across the themes of:

  • Medicine management in primary care;
  • Clinical prediction rules in primary care; and
  • Effective care delivery, which includes a multimorbidity research programme.

The department is also part of the HRB Primary Care Clinical Trials Network Ireland. The network aims to improve individual patient health and healthcare by conducting high-quality, internationally-recognised, randomised trials in Irish primary care.

Professor/Chair of Department

Professor of Primary Care Medicine

Associate Professor of Healthcare Ethics

  • David Smith

Senior Lecturer

Clinical Lecturers

  • Alan Barry
  • Sumi Dunne
  • Muireann de Paor
  • Mark Murphy
  • Ellen Stuart
  • Emma Barry
  • Caroline McCarthy
  • Emer O’Brien
  • Karen Kyne
  • Seamus Duffy
  • Mairtin O'Maolain
  • Conor O’Kelly

Lecturer in Biostatistics

Clinical Competencies Tutors

  • Jane Uygur
  • Edel Doorley
  • Sheila Loughman
  • Naomi Johnson
  • Sarah O’Kelly
  • Áine Green
  • Laura Barker
  • Jacinta Ryan

Postdoctoral Researchers

HRB Centre

  • Vivienne Byers (Project Manager)
  • Lorraine Tuohy (Link Worker)