GPonline launches Choosing General Practice writing competition for trainee doctors

GPonline has launched its writing competition for UK medical students to explain why they want to become GPs.

Now in its second year, 2016's Choosing General Practice competition is being run in association with the RCGP. Dr Maureen Baker, chair of the RCGP, will be one of the competition judges.

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 closing date is 30 May 2016.

Dr Maureen Baker said: ‘It was so inspiring last year to hear such wonderful accounts of why medical students want to be GPs, so we’re delighted to be work with GPonline again this year to launch Choosing General Practice.

'General practice is the cornerstone of the NHS – and it has so much to offer in terms of variety, flexibility and challenge.

'As the college strives to "recruit, retain, return" the thousands more GPs that our profession so desperately needs, it’s essential that we do what we can to get the message out about what a fantastic career being a GP can be. I sincerely look forward to reading and judging this year’s entries.'

Enthusiasm for general practice

While general practice faces many difficulties, not least a recruitment and retention crisis, the entries to last year’s Choosing General Practice competition showed that there is no shortage of enthusiasm for the profession from the UK’s medical students.

The shortlisted entries highlighted continuity care, the clinical variety and the challenge of diagnosis as reasons for choosing a career in general practice.

Last year’s overall winner Areeb Mazhar said that the patient-focused approach to medicine was what excited him about general practice. You can read his winning entry here.

To enter

Email GP editor Emma Bower at with your 500-word piece explaining why you are choosing general practice for your career to enter. The closing date is 30 May 2016.

Click here to read more of last year's entries.

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