A career in...
A career in general practice
Life as a GP is varied and challenging and allows you to build long term relationships with patients
- By: Zahrah Dad, Ellen Brunet
Walking down the corridors of any medical school, you are bound to hear students discussing future careers, and at some point the conversation will turn to general practice. In 2013, Health Education England earmarked half of medical students to become future general practitioners,1 and GP recruitment is high on the political agenda. But do medical students want a career in general practice?2 The negative clichés of GPs having the “easy life” or being unable to cut it in the hospital environment do not stand up to scrutiny. General practice is a complex specialty, combining acute and chronic illnesses, young and old patients, and it requires a unique set of skills. It is also one of the more flexible medical career paths that caters for a range of specialist interests. Alongside the day job, GPs can pursue academic work or journalism; teach medical students and trainees; become involved with medicolegal work