All UK medical students are invited to write an essay of no more than 500 words explaining why they want to become a GP. The best entries will be published on GPonline, and the winning author will receive a John Lewis voucher worth £100.
The RCGP estimates that 8,000 more GPs are needed in England by 2020 to cope with growing patient demand and deliver the care that patients need.
Supporting Choosing General Practice, RCGP chairwoman Dr Maureen Baker said: 'There is now a real push to put more resources into general practice and build up the GP workforce. As a result, the future of general practice is looking bright.
'GP practices are part of the fabric of their local communities and the relationship that family doctors build up with their patients remains a key reason why it is one of the most satisfying careers in the world.'
GP editor Neil Durham said: 'Never was there a better time to focus on the positives about Choosing General Practice.'
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