Letters How to increase GP numbers

Why we don’t want to be GPs: the student perspective

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g6971 (Published 25 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6971
  1. George Chater, medical student1,
  2. Oliver Brewster, medical student1,
  3. Hajira Dambha, general practitioner academic clinical fellow1
  1. 1University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
  1. gc417{at}cam.ac.uk

The current GP recruitment crisis has prompted speculation about why students are avoiding primary care,1 2 but there has been little mention of the students’ perspective. Some have pointed to bias in recruitment websites, a lack of exposure, and disproportional representation from the Medical Schools Council,2 but from our perspective the attractiveness of the job is the most important factor when choosing …

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