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'Elite' university students shun general practice


The obsession with A stars at A'Level is part of it. Large numbers of potentially good doctors are not getting places, and it would seem from where I stand that entrance criteria are set to accept highly academic candidates only, without taking into consideration that the types of job (and the skills required) vary considerably across the profession. As long as undergraduate clinical education is predominantly hospital based the myth of GPs as failed hospital doctors will be perpetuated. As it is we are actually the cleverest doctors who now do the most detective work. We need specialists to advance medical care and more than ever we need excellent generalists. The generalists have to be as well supported as in hospitals though otherwise the job will not appeal to bright young doctors, and there has to be a career progression that is meaningful. If you have achieved your goal at 30-35, the only thing left is burnout

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01 May 2015

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