The ideal job
The number of medical students choosing family medicine as a career has steadily declined in the past decade. Rural practice has seen a similar trend. Yasmina Dadi investigates why today's medical students find hospitals and cities more appealing
Idon't like it! I hate it, and I demand to leave… Well that is because you are not the one who is supposed to spend the next four years of his life in this Godforsaken hole,” complained Dr Joel Fleischman, played by Rob Morrow on the American hit show Northern Exposure, which was broadcast all over the world in the early 90s. Dr Fleischman owed $125,000 (£70,000, a100,000) to Columbia University and was forced to repay his scholarship by working as a general practitioner for four years in the remote town of Cicely, Alaska.
Of course, this case is fictional, but it seems to describe the worst nightmare of many medical students. The wishes of medical students vary, but one thing seems quite common: only a few students want to work in rural or remote areas after graduation. Ask today's medical students to describe their ideal job and you will