A career in...
Interviews with general practitioners
Three doctors talk about the highs and lows of general practice
Initially, I didn’t consider specialist training in general practice because I had limited exposure to it at medical school. After a four month rotation in general practice during foundation year 2, however, I decided that it was the specialty for me. The experience gave me more insight into the role and the work that goes on behind the scenes, such as reviewing blood test results and dealing with paperwork. I enjoyed the variety of clinical cases I saw each day, as well as the opportunity to work with other specialties when referring patients.
Also, I thought that as a GP I could have a better work-life balance than as a hospital based doctor. In general practice there is greater flexibility in how you can split your time. For instance, I have a special interest in medical education, and I am involved with teaching medical students and conducting research two days