I once asked a friend, “What scares you more than anything else?” “Becoming a GP,” he replied.
Why does general practice equate to failure in the eyes of some medical students, doctors, and even the general public?
Many medical students and hospital doctors are under the snobbish impression that compared with other specialties, general practice lacks academic rigour.
My GP was told, “You’re too good to be a GP” by a course director as she finalised her career plans. “You’d be wasted in general practice.”
Some have a firmly fixed view that specialism is superior to generalism. GPs, however, see everything, and as such, the great clinical challenge of general practice is to accurately diagnose “normality.”
With more jobs in general practice than in any other specialty, there will always be some students who “end up” as GPs, having missed their first choice. The relative scarcity of secondary care positions