Choosing General Practice: writing competition winner revealed

Medical students from across the UK have been writing about why they want to become GPs as part of the GPonline/RCGP Choosing General Practice competition. This year's winner is Tom Ronan - whose 'original, optimistic' entry impressed college chair Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard.

Tom Ronan, a medical student at the University of Cambridge, was the winner of this year's competition
Tom Ronan, a medical student at the University of Cambridge, was the winner of this year's competition

Tom, who is a sixth year medical student at the University of Cambridge came out on top of an impressive shortlist selected from entries from students across the UK.

The overall winner was selected by Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair of the RCGP. She said: ‘It’s been fantastic to read the Choosing General Practice entries this year and feel the passion and enthusiasm for our profession that came through in so many of them. It’s incredibly reassuring to know that all of these writers will potentially be GPs in our NHS in the future.

‘The winning entry captured many of the themes that shone through across the board: the diversity, challenge and patient-centredness of our profession, but did so in a really original and optimistic way that was very personal to the writer’s own experience. It was beautifully written – warmest congratulations Tom!’

‘I am absolutely delighted to have been selected as the winner of this year's competition,' Tom said. 'General practice has been gaining a greater foothold in the medical school curriculum, and many of my fellow students are now seriously considering working in primary care. I entered the competition hoping to convey this growing interest and to share some of my personal reasons for wanting to pursue a career in general practice.’

Emma Bower editor of GPonline said: ‘This year’s competition has once again produced a really high standard of entries that highlight a real enthusiasm for general practice. The many positive reasons for choosing a career as a GP were reflected in the shortlist and all of the entries. Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter - and congratulations to Tom.'

Tom wins £100 in John Lewis vouchers.

Read all of the shortlisted entries from this year's competition

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