Experience adds up! Questionnaire study: Attitudes of medical students towards a career in general practice

Gami, Mayur and Howe, Amanda (2020) Experience adds up! Questionnaire study: Attitudes of medical students towards a career in general practice. Education for Primary Care, 31 (2). pp. 89-97. ISSN 1473-9879

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Insufficient young doctors choose careers in general practice - this may relate to cultural, personal and educational influences during medical school. University of East Anglia (UEA) medical school historically produces more GPs than most but no previous studies have aimed to quantify factors which may be leading to this. This study's aim was to improve understanding of the attitudes of students towards general practice (GP) at UEA. A questionnaire study compared views of three different years of students. GP was the most popular choice for male and female students, with women expressing higher levels of commitment. Students saw GP as intellectually stimulating and making key contributions to the NHS. The main reason for the choice of GP was interest in the speciality, with positive influences attributed to contact with GPs and general practice as a setting during their course. These results suggest course design and presence of GP faculty in core teaching have crucial influences on career choices. GP can be a popular career choice, but the perceptions which lead to that choice are course-and experience - dependent. Reforms towards community-based learning and the involvement of GPs in training are crucial levers for change if workforce needs are to be achieved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: career choice,education,general practice,medical,medical students,school,choice,role models,perspectives,gp,perceptions,public health, environmental and occupational health,sdg 3 - good health and well-being ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2700/2739
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Centres > Norwich Institute for Healthy Aging
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2020 00:45
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2023 00:25
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/74681
DOI: 10.1080/14739879.2020.1713026

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