Choosing General Practice competition winner is revealed as Areeb Mazhar

The winner of GP's Choosing General Practice essay-writing competition is Sheffield University's Areeb Mazhar.

Areeb Mazhar: 'Building a long-term rapport and relationship with a patient would be a privilege.'
Areeb Mazhar: 'Building a long-term rapport and relationship with a patient would be a privilege.'

Areeb, from Rotherham, South Yorkshire, wrote: 'Often in medicine, we sometimes become so laser-focused on the medical aspect of patient care; we forget that we are treating a person. General practice emphasises a holistic approach to the patient. An approach that makes a patient feel like a person.

'I want to be able to comfort the elderly man who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer two weeks ago or reassure the anxious mother that the rash on her son’s face is not serious. Being in such a position to build a long-term rapport and relationship with a patient would be a privilege.'

Read his full 500-word essay in the Careers section of our website. It also features in the 6 April edition of GP.

Enthusiasm for general practice and commitment to his patients

Judge and GP editor Neil Durham said: 'Thanks to everyone who took part in the competition. It was a tough job to pick one winner from our shortlist of six but Areeb's enthusiasm for general practice and commitment to his patients shone through.'

RCGP chairwoman Dr Maureen Baker commended Areeb for pointing out 'anything and everything can walk through the consultation room'.

She added: ‘We make decisions that can shape patients' lives, and to do this well, we need to be at the forefront of medicine. As Areeb writes: 'The GP must be able to differentiate the child presenting with a headache due to a cold, from the similarly presenting child who may have life-threatening meningitis.

‘Primary care is so advanced these days, I simply don't recognise the image some have of GPs as sitting at a desk seeing cold after cold.

'Areeb's conclusion was inspiring: 'I believe the future of the NHS is in general practice; I want to be part of that future.' These accounts make it clear, the future of our profession is in safe hands.’

Areeb wins a John Lewis voucher worth £100.

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