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We describe and evaluate the North Dublin City General Practitioner Training Programme (NDCGP), which was designed to educate doctors to work with the underserved. People who are marginalised have poorer health and less access to healthcare than the general population. Furthermore, these groups have significantly lower numbers of GPs per capita of population. Few GP training programmes are located in such communities, despite GPs tending to work in the areas where they trained. An evaluation of NDCGP training programme was conducted by sending a self-administered questionnaire to all graduates of the programme (2013-17). Thirty-seven graduates (88%) responded to the questionnaire. Thirty-six (97%) were either working as GPs in an area of deprivation or their work included services to a marginalised group. These 36 (97%) respondents indicated that continuing to serve deprived communities was in their long-term plans. The training provided trainees with the knowledge, understanding and a specific skill set to equip them to work with the underserved. Through teaching and exposure placements, trainees' confidence and empathy had increased and their prejudice and fear towards underserved patients had decreased. Conclusion: The NDCGP Training Programme achieved its aims. Replication of this model of education should be considered elsewhere.
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Programs of training in medicine and medical specialties offered by hospitals for graduates of medicine to meet the requirements established by accrediting authorities.
Financial support for training including both student stipends and loans and training grants to institutions.
Training of the mentally or physically disabled in work skills so they may be returned to regular employment utilizing these skills.
Individuals with a degree in veterinary medicine that provides them with training and qualifications to treat diseases and injuries of animals.
Formal instruction, learning, or training in the preparation, dispensing, and proper utilization of drugs in the field of medicine.
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