How you finding Gp ? Are you salaried or partner?

Asked by Anonymous - 3 weeks ago

I just finished my core medical training and not sure about specialising further. I’m considering GP. I just wanted to ask what’s the best and worst thing about being a Gp

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Samira Hassan - 3 weeks ago

I think GP is akin to marmite. Some hate it, some love it. I personally enjoy the practice of family medicine - long term management of chronic disease, seeing pts through their illness with regular reviews and follow up. Treating each patient as an individual holistically and catering for their needs in a bio-psycho-social model, the variety and challenge of seeing patients from all walks of life, all ages and differing health needs, etc. The list goes on. 

You choose your working hours and days through sessional work. Great flexibility for family life, pursuing other interests eg sports/ business. You also have the ability to develop a specialist interest in a particular field - ENT, Minor surgery, Women's health, Palliative care, etc......

ofcourse GP has its downfalls - takes longer to conduct investigations and it requires follow ups and reviews to tie up loose ends. The time pressures of seeing patients and effectively managing their problems in 10mins. The administrative work - letters, blood results, etc can be tedious but that varies between surgery to surgery. 

No 2 GPs are the same and you can have a portfolio career to match your interests and personality. 

Im a salaried GP parttime and do locum work as well and my specilaist interests are Palliative care, Women's health and medical education

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