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Dr Mary Church answers the Pulse careers questionnaire

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

I thought it would be a more flexible option. I married a cardiologist and needed to follow him around the country as he scaled the hospital career ladder. Easier to do as a GP, so I sacrificed my original choice of anaesthetics.

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

Pop singer.

Who's your career role model/guru?

Debbie Harry of Blondie.

What's your career high-point so far?

Black Wednesday.

And the low-point?

Maybe it's yet to come!

Anything interesting on your surgery/office wall?

Turquoise paint.

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

Listening to and making music, except modern jazz, skiing,occasional marathon running and rugby watching (mostly my 11-year-old hero) but not all at the same time.

What's your fantasy career move?

As I said before, a singer in a band, sadly an unlikely-to-be-fulfilled fantasy!

Mary Church is a GP in Blantyre, Lanarkshire, and joint GPC chair, Scotland

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