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Dr Professor Graham Watt answers the Pulse careers questionnaire

What/who made you decide to go into general practice?

I disliked hospital society. General practice was nearer to people.

What would have done if you hadn't been a doctor?

Probably a lawyer or an architect.

Who's your career role model/guru?

Julian Tudor Hart, by miles ­ a one-man university. I worried about going to work with him in the back of beyond, but I have never felt closer to what's important.

What's your career high-point so far?

Probably being elected into the Academy of Medical

Sciences, because it's so hard to get into, but the main satisfaction for an academic is seeing

careers flower ­ like a recent Palestinian student from Hebron, the first member of her family to go to university, getting a PhD from the University of Glasgow. Magic.

And the low-point?

The continuing deafness, blindness and dumbness of Government policy on inequalities in health care.

Anything interesting on your surgery/office wall?

Stubb's Whistlejacket, John Hewitt scoring Aberdeen's winner against Real Madrid in Gotheburg ­ the last team to win a European trophy with no foreign players. And a print of Marsco on Skye.

What leisure interests do you/would you list on your Who's Who entry?

Beach sculpture. You have to do it there and then.

What's your fantasy career move?

Film director ­ to tell a great story on screen.

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