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Call for GPs to promote profession to school kids

The RCGP is calling on GPs across Wales to go into schools to promote general practice as a career choice.

As part of a drive to improve recruitment, the college is asking GPs to spend time giving talks in schools, mentor students through medical school applications, provide work experience or help with interview preparation.

Just a few hours over a year can ‘make a big difference to a young person trying to get in to study medicine’, said Dr Rob Morgan, an RCGP executive officer and GP in Brigend, who is setting up a database of interested volunteers.

In conjunction with Careers Wales, the RCGP has also been giving talks at careers fairs as well as a webcast Q&A session that went out to 27 schools and a workshop for pupils intending to study medicine.

‘It is about explaining what a GP does, and that you can do other things as well. ‘We had a student interested in sports medicine and we explained that you can do that and be a GP,’ said Dr Morgan.

‘If you are interested in medicine and the person who helped you most at the start was a GP, that stands out,’ he said.

Dr Morgan says it is gratifying to explain to kids who think that they would not be able to do medicine that he was a scientist first and there are other routes.

‘Aspirationally what we want to look at is widening access to medical school for kids who don’t think they have that option.’

Growing GP shortages across Wales have prompted a range of strategies to encourage more trainee doctors to opt for general practice including the introduction of £20,000 bursaries in hard to fill areas.

Anyone interested can contact welshc@rcgp.org.uk

Readers' comments (10)

  • Brainwash the young excellent idea.They with still come out of university with upwards of 80k worth of debt,join GP land which has had sub-inflation rate increases in funding since 2004.Lets hope they cant do basic maths and work out how much of a pay cut that is.

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  • X.Ray

    Dear Tiny children, please go into a profession that is so lovely and cuddly that you have to be bribed to do so.

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  • I am so pleased that my children decided not to be medics. There is no way that I would con youngsters into this nightmare.

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  • desperate

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  • doctordog.

    @614
    Ditto.
    Can't think of anything good I would tell them

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  • So why is the RCGP not trying to make the job of a GP more enjoyable with higher pay? There will be adverts on TV next, just like there are for Teachers. While there are 'still' better alternatives, none of this will improve job recruitment. It's not working for Teacher recruitment either. Even the Government can not beat market forces.

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  • Dr Rob Morgan is clearly cool and down wiv da kids innit, being a GP, a scientist and, to top it all an executive officer for the RCGP.The future of the profession is now assured.Ladies and gentleman of the GP fraternity,you may all relax.

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  • At least the RCGP have now found an appropriate target audience for their pigging colouring-in books.

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  • I seem to remember a series of clergymen taking assembly during my secondary school years. Didn't make me want to join their number!

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  • And wait for the bail outs. Great idea.Become a struggling GP.

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