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What you should be doing in December and January

In practice

December: Your should be doing child health surveillance sessions in practice and ensure you fit in further video practiceHalf-day release course (HDRC) – end of term 1.

January: voluntary extension of training – you can apply for an extra six months' training as a registrar to gain specific experience such as in research, GU medicine, etc. Usually needs six months' notice, can include work as a teaching fellow.

For MRCGP

January: apply for a hot topics course. Local MRCGP preparation courses are organised into separate days for the components or evening meetings.

Outside practice

December: continue practical sessions. MRCGP preparation groups – this is a good time to consider forming a reading group with half-day release course colleagues.

Compiled by Richard Stokell, a GP trainer in Birkenhead, Merseyside

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