Medical school GP societies can help boost recruitment

GP societies in medical schools can play a key role in inspiring medical students to consider a career in general practice, one of the posters displayed at the RCGP annual conference has shown.

The poster by Alice James, a medical student at the University of Bristol, received a highly commended award in this year's poster competition in the Energising Primary Care category.

The University of Bristol GP Society holds events involving GPs with a range of backgrounds to highlight the opportunities offered by a career general practice and to explore various topics within primary care. The society also offers CV-building opportunities, including the chance to present work at events, and access to elective and conference bursaries.

Ms James explains: 'By having a real presence within the university GP societies can engage people who aren’t considering general practice right from the start and encourage them to come to our events where we can showcase all the opportunities within general practice.'

View the abstracts of all of the posters displayed at this year's RCGP annual conference

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