Community-based teaching programme

Our department emphasises the value of community-based teaching within the MBChB programme.

Community-based teaching in the MBChB

  • Year 2 students are attached to a general practice for one visit in an observational capacity.
  • Year 4 students are involved with GPOPS (General Practice Observed Practice Simulations) for one week based at the Grafton or Waikato Campus. From 2015 Year 4 students also have a two-week general practice or community placement after their two weeks ED attachment. Placements are in community hospitals, rural general practices or urban Accident and Medical clinics.
  • Year 5 students have a four week attachment in an urban practice.
  • Year 6 students spend six weeks in clinical work attached to rural practices.  

Selection of general practice teachers

Teachers of general practice in Years 5 and 6 can gain appointments as Clinical Senior Lecturers or Clinical Lecturers to the University of Auckland. These are general practitioners and nurses who accept medical students in their practices and become actively involved in their teaching. Year 6 students require their own room to carry out consultations before they are reviewed by their GP in practice.

Student resources

Years 4, 5 and 6 students can read information regarding their placements and learning resources on Canvas or Coursebuilder. Resources are also available through the MBChB Portal.  


Please contact us concerning any queries regarding:

  • Opening your practice to GP medical students
  • Becoming a GP postgraduate student
  • Any enquiries about our community based teaching programme

Year 2 and 4 enquiries

Patrizia De Veyra
Practicum Placement Coordinator (Year 2 & 4)
Email: and
Phone: +64 (0) 9 923 5970

Year 5 enquiries

Ruth Bayley
Practicum Placement Coordinator (Year 5)
Phone: +64 9 923 3697

Year 6 enquiries

Yeo-Jin Jo
Practicum Placement Coordinator (Year 6)
Phone: +64 (0) 9 923 6548

General enquiries

Jaimie Tang
Phone: +64 (0) 9 923 4349 ext. 84349