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At the heart of general practice since 1960

Identifying lowest earning GP is more than just a jape

Professor Tony Avery answers the Pulse careers questionnaire

What made you decide to go into general practice?

As a medical student I had a number of experiences (including an elective at Princes Park Health Centre in Toxteth) that confirmed general practice would give me the best opportunities for practising medicine in an holistic way with an emphasis on disease prevention.

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

A physicist or civil engineer, but I am very pleased that I chose medicine instead.

Who's your career role model/guru?

Professor Mike Pringle has had a very important role and I admire the vision and commitment of many other senior academic GPs.

What's your career high-point so far?

Doing my Inaugural lecture in Nottingham: 'How to stop good doctors from making bad mistakes.'

And the low point?

House jobs in Sheffield where I had several very challenging and demoralising experiences.

Anything interesting on your surgery/office wall?

An aerial view of Vancouver.

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

Playing guitar, cycling and reading novels.

What's your fantasy career move?

Things are very good where I am, but life could be even better if I didn't work so hard!

Professor Tony Avery is head of division at the primary care school of community health, University of Nottingham, and a GP in Nottingham

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