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Developing the military GP using immersive simulation in specialty training
  1. Kate King and
  2. M Smith
  1. Research & Clinical Innovation, Defence Medical Services, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to SurgCdr Kate King, Research & Clinical Innovation, Defence Medical Services, Birmingham B15 2SQ, UK; kboddy{at}


Military general practice requires wider knowledge and more diverse skillset than that defined by the Royal College of General Practitioners curriculum. Following completion of specialty training, military general practitioners (GPs) were returning from mostly civilian training environments feeling deskilled and ill-prepared for their military role. The Academic Department of Military General Practice defined the training gap and used co-creative curriculum development to incorporate military topics throughout the GP specialty training programme. Simulation was identified as a key teaching method employed throughout undergraduate and postgraduate health professional education, which could be used to improve the trainee’s learning. The resulting operational preparedness training week used layered teaching methods and feedback to build trainees’ knowledge and skills before a final major immersive simulation exercise. This article describes the educational design process in terms of the ‘10 goal conditions’ described by Issenberg for high-fidelity medical simulations leading to effective learning.

  • primary care
  • medical education & training
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  • Contributors KK researched and drafted the article based on actions and concepts being undertaken between KK and MS in the ADMGP. MS provided direction, reviewed and edited the article. Both fulfil the requirements for authorship.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.