Why should I become a GP? Here are 10 compelling reasons.
1. Every day is different
The diversity of patients and medical presentations is one of the most enjoyable aspects for many GPs who thrive on the variety and challenge of not knowing what will come through the door next.
2. Intellectually stimulating
Every day as a GP you will need to use the breadth of knowledge you learnt at medical school, not just a small part of it. It's a daily brainteaser that will never allow you to get bored.
3. Treat the patient, not just the illness
GPs are able to offer holistic continuity of care for their patients, building long-term relationships as they treat patients and their families over their lifespan. As a GP you have the power to make a real difference, not only in one life, but in many.
4. Special interest? Sub-specialise!
GPs are able to incorporate sub-specialty skills into their practice, pursuing their interest in paediatrics, anaesthesia, emergency medicine, academia and more in their community practice and hospital settings. The GP training program offers all GP registrars an opportunity to pursue a sub-specialty of their choice.
5. The choice is yours
As a GP, you decide where you work and what hours, tailoring your workload to suit your stage of life and career. This flexibility creates opportunities to pursue other career interests, spend time with family and friends, travel, build up your savings or enjoy regular working hours.
6. Enjoy the rewards
GPs are well remunerated, usually without the extremely long working hours faced by other specialties. Discover the financial facts and figures by using our GP earnings calculator to estimate your potential earning capacity.
7. Flexible and funded training
The AGPT and RVTS programs are funded by the Commonwealth Government. There are also financial incentives for GP registrars and GPs who work in rural and remote locations of need.
The GP training program is typically a three-year program, with the first year hospital-based. This means you can apply as early as your intern year, and may be able to complete your first resident year as part of your GP training. Find out more about the structure of the AGPT program.
8. Supportive training, supportive workplace
Most general practices employ several doctors as well as practice managers and practice nurses, allowing you to do what you do best in a supportive, interactive team environment. During your GP training you are always supported by experienced GP supervisors as well as medical educators from your training provider.
9. Seeing the good with the bad
Being a GP you get the highs with the lows, treating not just sick patients but managing patients during positive times in their life such as pregnancy and achieve preventive health outcomes.
10. Choose your own destination
Fancy spending time as a ship's doctor in Antarctica or heading off to work on an island in the Great Barrier Reef? Do you want to pursue a research interest at the same time as providing primary care? Or are you keen to try something different like flying around Australia treating medical emergencies? Wherever you want to go, whatever you want to do, a career in general practice can take you there. Find out more about career options.