Viewpoint: Why I'm Choosing General Practice: Heyrumb Woodun

GPs work in locality within reach of several hundred or thousands of people.

Heyrumb Woodun: 'Most GPs I have worked with or shadowed have a good sense of humour.'
Heyrumb Woodun: 'Most GPs I have worked with or shadowed have a good sense of humour.'

They are the first line of contact who then decide the management; whether to treat in the community or send to hospital for further rigorous care.  But why am I interested in a career as GP or why do I want to become a GP?

After I graduate, it can be very difficult which speciality to go into in the future but general practice is one of the careers that I have considered.

Being the first line of contact, you can see a variety of patients which you can manage within the locality and also those who you refer to the hospital after you have made a provision differential diagnosis. The range of diseases or conditions you will see in a GP setting is by far more than those you will see in a single ward in hospital. It feels like you know and learn much more at the GP but which does not necessary has to be true. At the GP, we make friends, not in a social context but in a professional patient-doctor relationship. You get to know the patient very well and when they visit you, the appointment can have such a friendly atmosphere.

Working hours of a GP does suits a family-oriented lifestyle

Sometimes, it can become difficult for a GP to diagnose everything right and this is where we refer those patients to hospital for further tests or to get treatment. When those patients are discharged back to GPs, it is a learning skill and it’s the GP’s job to continue treatment.

One advantage of a GP is that the working hours of a GP does suits a family-oriented lifestyle. However main challenges could be met while running a practice as it is a sort of business and need to meet clinical commission on regular basis to sort funds.

And finally most GPs I have worked with or shadowed have had a good sense of humour which I think I have as well. I am currently a third year medical student and I have had very good experience at the GPs. Hopefully when I am registered as a doctor, I will be signing prescription of patients within the locality in a general practice.

  • Heyrumb Woodun is a third year medical student at Leeds University

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