Over the next week and a half the seven shortlisted entries will be published on GPonline, with the overall winner being announced next month.
The shortlisted entries are:
- Catherine Acton, University of Manchester
- Sam Bailey, St George’s, University of London
- Oliver Giles, University of Sheffield
- Madeleine Gray, University of Sheffield
- Megan Hutchinson, Imperial College London
- Tom Ronan, University of Cambridge
- Claire Walker, University of Sheffield
All of this year's entries demonstrate a real enthusiasm for a career in general practice and highlight the many reasons why trainee doctors feels being a GP has much to offer.
In particular they highlight the ongoing relationship GPs can have with their patients, the variety a single day in general practice can offer and the fact that as a specialist generalist they can maintain their clinical knowledge across a wide range of areas and the many career options available to GPs.
But they are also realistic about the challenges general practice currently faces, accepting that primary care needs a significant boost in staff numbers and that their chosen career path is not the 'easy option' and will involve hard work.
GPonline’s editor Emma Bower said: ‘The standard of entries this year was exceptionally high. I hope GPs enjoy reading this year’s shortlist, which really does highlight the many positive reasons for choosing a career in general practice.'