Today was our final community day in the Southam GP clinic - we delivered our presentations on our third patients and very predictably, we all ran well over time (ours was in fact 29 minutes instead of 20 minutes, but I like to think the good discourse warranted it).
In the afternoon we made our way into the town for lunch and a few of us ended up sat chatting to an old-ish couple, and saw a cracking example of Dupuytren's contracture - something we've not seen in practice yet but are used to looking for whenever we look at the hands. As of late we've more frequently engaged people sat near us when eating in conversation, which although a bit odd sounding has actually been really good practice for talking to strangers in a natural way.
We made our way back to the base and received one-to-one feedback on the reflections we'd submitted with the community leads, which was really useful as we could obtain personal targets to work at as we work further through the course. I did also inquire about the possibility of gaining additional facilitated experiences like these ones, which does seem to be within the scope of feasibility. I've found them so useful in shaping my perception of how patients handle (or don't handle) their own illnesses outside of a hospital setting and continuing to learn more would be a fantastic opportunity.