A Midlands-based GP has created a video promoting general practice as profession in a ploy to urge junior doctors and medical students to take it up as a career.
Dr Aman Arora, a GP in Birmingham, posted a video on YouTube featuring himself highlighting the positive aspects of general practice and why it is a viable career option for junior doctors – despite the current ‘recruitment crisis, GPs leaving the profession, high levels of stress and low levels of morale.’
In the video, So why be a GP?, Dr Arora outlines five core areas of the profession that he claims put general practice right at the top as a career choice, including ‘variety, the challenges, the patients, the opportunities, and constant changes.’
Dr Arora added: ‘There’s a lot of negativity around about general practice at the moment, whether it be the recruitment crisis, GPs leaving the profession, high levels of stress and low levels of morale – and I wanted to share with you some of the reasons why general practice is a truly rewarding and exciting career.
‘The challenges we face make the career an exciting one, and it comes in many different forms; whether it be physical – some days are long or psychological, where the challenges can be emotional. We are constantly being tested as GPs there’s no doubt about that.
‘But the beauty of the challenges is facing up to them and getting through them. This a real positive and the challenges are one of the keys pros of a career in general practice.’
Dr Arora’s video championing the role of the GP comes at a time when the proportion of GP training places filled in certain parts of the UK have fallen as low as 62% in some areas – while Pulse recently revealed how scores of practices across the country face imminent closure.