Why I got into GP training/Family medicine.

By berrysmotivation - October 24, 2018

Pave your own path and be fearless ~ Adam Draper. I have chosen to become a GP and happy with my choice. Family physicians are called General practitioners in the U.K. I always knew I wanted family medicine even though at some point I considered paediatrics and even obstetrics & gynaecology. Growing older and getting more embedded into my career as doctor, I started to understand the importance of choosing a path and not just any path but a path that would work for me as an individual. Luckily I had and still having the opportunity to go through different specialties as a trainee, it gets tempting sometimes to want to taste more but everyday I keep reminding myself that I have made the best decision in choosing to become a GP. Sometimes when you tell someone you want to become a GP or you are a GP they look funny because obviously you may not be called a consultant in the U.K as opposed to every other country but they fail to realise that you earn as much as other consultants and you are basically a consultant but not just called one.


Work life balance: Being a woman, someone who loves family and quality time spent with them, I looked at the framework for GP's, the working hours and flexibility and it best fits into what I want. I love my career as a medic but I also want time to do other interesting things in life and create a balance so my patients are given the best whenever I see them.

More sociable hours: Sometimes the odd shifts are not too bad especially some nights that aren't to busy, you get to work in a much calmer environment without the daytime buzz but then again, I love my free times and with the hours involved as a GP you get to have your weekends and bank holidays free. It feels like the normal 9-5 life but with lots of flexibilities.

Good patient interaction and relationship: I love the fact that I get to sit in my consultation room, calm and quiet to listen to my patients, hear them and solve their problems if I can. It just works well to have your own space to work, not like the wards where it is an entirely different setup. Time may be a factor and you may not have the time to speak for as long as you want to as GP but I know the timing is something the ministry of health is looking into and with time GPs wouldn't have to rush through consultations.

Variety in cases: Its good to have a niche like a subspecialty which narrows down your work scheme but sometimes the variety in cases makes work interesting as it doesn't get too stereotyped. At least you get to see all sorts, as scary as it may sound, as a GP you do not have to solve every problem, it is just primary care and when in doubt there is the opportunity to seek the opinion of specialists or refer for further investigations and management.

Flexibility:  As I said before, there is flexibility in the GP world. I can decide to have a special interest in sports medicine, dermatology, ophthalmology etc if I want to. I can also become an associate specialist in a particular field of interest. I have met lots of GP's who are involved in so many other things, it all boils down to you as an individual.

Whatever specialty you choose, be sure you are doing it for you and happy with your choice, most importantly make the best of it.

Enjoy the rest of the week.

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