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WISDOM - Tomorrow’s Doctor, Today: Supporting Today’s Expert Generalist GP

University of York via FutureLearn


Explore your changing role as a GP in the modern world

General Practitioner (GP) roles are changing and so is the scope of professional skills needed for clinical practice. Healthcare professionals are more often confronted with complex problems, uncertain diagnoses, and the need to embody a trusted leader.

This four-week course from the WISDOM Project, the Hull York Medical School, and the University of York will help you understand what is expected of you as a GP in the evolving space of healthcare. On completion of the course, you’ll be equipped with the skills and knowledge you need to motivate and sustain change within a community of practice.

Learn to combat insufficient research with problem-solving and knowledge work

In recent years, GPs have frequently encountered problems that aren’t answered by clinical guidelines, existing research evidence, or even medicine.

This course aims to provide you with the ability and confidence to find, create, and use knowledge to make complex decisions about problems faced in everyday practice.

Delve into psychological and community approaches to curb overmedicalisation

Developments in medicine and medical knowledge have allowed healthcare professionals to make leaps and bounds in treating patients and improving public health. However, it has given rise to another phenomenon — overmedicalisation.

You’ll learn to identify and recommend psychological and community-based support as an alternative to medicine in order to provide your patients with treatment that is best suited to their needs.

Pursue your professional development as a doctor

The educators at the Hull York Medical School are practising GPs with experience in academic clinical practice.

With their expert support, you’ll gain the confidence and skills to develop your own professional practice and re-energise the medical profession.

This course is designed for primary care clinicians, namely General Practitioners working in the UK and internationally.


  • What is knowledge work and how can it help us?
    • Welcome
    • What is knowledge work?
    • Why do we need knowledge work?
    • What kinds of knowledge work can help me now?
  • Tackling not enough knowledge
    • Introduction to Week 2
    • Reframing the problem
    • Collecting data from both sides of the gate
    • Creating your own practice-based evidence
    • Closing thoughts
  • Dealing with too much knowledge
    • Introduction to week 3
    • Approaching Complexity- Polypharmacy
    • Approaching Complexity- Medicalisation of Distress
    • Closing thoughts
  • Your future career - the portfolio WiseGP
    • Introduction to week 4
    • Becoming a WiseGP
    • Practical examples of how to apply your knowledge work and expand your portfolio of skills
    • Recognising the role of the future WiseGP
    • Reflections and next steps

Taught by

Annabelle Rose Machin


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