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'Elite' university students shun general practice


As a Cambridge student I was at times openly laughed at by my student colleagues for wanting to do general practice. My teachers were equally puzzled, 'But you got a 2:1, why would you waste your life as a GP?' As a PRHO in general practice, I learned a lot more from some incredibly inspiring GP colleagues in that 4 months than I learnt as a PRHO in surgery or medicine. It has been possible to satisfy the Cambridge part of my brain in general practice until the last 5 years, when the job has become impossible. It was the Cambridge 'think for yourself and make up your own mind' education that has enabled me to plot an escape from partnership. General Practice is dying. I loved it but it has nearly killed me and I will be glad to leave it behind. Students are far more savvy than HEE and RCGP give them credit for, and they can read and think for themselves. Only a fool would train as a GP in 2015.

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02 May 2015

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