Box 1. French GP training course

After 6 years of medical studies, each French medical trainee has to choose a specialisation. A French medical student studies 3 years to specialise as a GP. This includes, at least:

  • 200 hours of theoretical coursework.

  • Six practical courses of 6 months in medical settings including one in an outpatient general medicine setting, one in emergency, one in internal medicine and one in gynecology or paediatrics, and two other specialties of the trainee’s choice. GPTs have a biannual meeting to choose their next 6-month placement. GP trainees were offered participation in this study at these meetings.

  • Proof of learning as evidenced by written stories anecdotes of an experience as a practitioner including their analysis of authentic clinical situations.

  • Thesis on a topic for a GP.