Revalidation-sceptic Dr Una Coales is battling marketisation-opponent Dr Helena McKeown and three College educators, Professor Nigel Mathers, Dr Steve Mowle and Dr Janet Hall, for the job.
The vice chairman will serve under Dr Clare Gerada when she takes over as RCGP chairman in November.
Until now, RCGP vice chairmen have been appointed. Former incumbents such as Professor Steve Field and Dr Gerada have gone on to chair Council.
The 2010 contenders, in alphabetical order, are as follows:
- Dr Una Coales, a south London GP unashamed of making waves. Dr Coales won 1,163 votes when she stood for RCGP president last year on a get-the-politics-out-of-revalidation ticket but was beaten into second place by Dr Iona Heath.
- Dr Janet Hall, RCGP council member and a Sheffield GP. Dr Hall lost last year to Professor Amanda Howe in the election for College secretary.
- Professor Nigel Mathers, another Sheffield GP and professor of primary care at Sheffield University. Professor Mathers stood down as chairman of the College's Clinical Innovation and Research Centre in March.
- Dr Helena McKeown, like Dr Coales active both in the BMA and the RCGP. A College council member, GPC representative for Wiltshire and chairman of the BMA's community care committee, she recently drew attention to marketisation forces undermining the NHS.
- Dr Steve Mowle, a south London GP and medical educator working both at Guy's and St Thomas's and the London deanery. Chair of the College's south London RCGP faculty, last year he and Dr Hall lost the contest to become RCGP secretary to Professor Amanda Howe.