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Gen Ys flock to careers in general practice

Generation Ys are driven towards a career in general practice because of the work flexibility and work/life balance it offers, according to research commissioned by General Practice Registrars Australia. The research examined how Gen Y medical students and recent graduates accessed medical information and how the information influenced their speciality choice. It found that almost one in five participants intended to pursue a career in general practice, most of them making the decision within the first three years of study.

16 Sep 2012

Generation Ys are driven towards a career in general practice because of the work flexibility and work/life balance it offers, according to research commissioned by General Practice Registrars Australia.

The research examined how Gen Y medical students and recent graduates accessed medical information and how the information influenced their speciality choice. It found that almost one in five participants intended to pursue a career in general practice, most of them making the decision within the first three years of study.

Most participants saw a large number of advantages in choosing general practice as a specialty, including the flexibility, lifestyle, and sense of community it offered. The opportunity to undertake preventive medicine, managing whole-patient care, holistic medicine and the opportunity to get into global health also attracted Gen Y to the career path.

Although participants were attracted to a career as GPs, many expressed concern over the negative perceptions associated with the speciality, including general practice being a ‘lesser’ speciality and perceived as not as challenging as other specialties.

For the majority, a career as a rural GP overcame many of the negative perceptions, as the role was considered to be challenging and anyone working in this area was considered of high value to the medical community.

Gen Ys listed career and lifestyle as more important than money when it came to a choice in speciality, and most participants based their career decisions on their own or others’ personal experience.

KW


Published: 16 Sep 2012