Thanks. Any idea where I can read up on more of the stuff you detailed in 1? This site is the only real place I go, and the BMA stuff isn't so useful when it comes to 'business'/business side of doctoring, given most won't get involved in it at all.(Original post by Kyalimers)
Apologies for my late reply as I don't get much time in A&E.
1. There is a growing demand for private primary care work. This includes things like vaccines but also a growing number of GPs are going into minor procedures, company representation and cosmetics (ie. botox). Additionally, a lot of primary care physicians are involved in litigation claims and medical reviews for insurance companies. Any licensed practitioner can technically do the above, but having the time and flexibility is virtually unique to GPs.
2. Absolutely. There is a shortage of primary care physicians worldwide. Coupled with a shorter training path this means you are able to apply for positions much more easily abroad. It's well known that getting a job in the USA or Canada is difficult, for example. Apply as a fully qualified GP with the necessary requirements and some flexibility in terms of where you work initially, you could be looking at a lucrative job with better benefits, weather and lifestyle.
About 2 - Fair point, though AFAIK the USA involves even more tests and it's still hard. I guess Aus/NZ are the more traditional escape routes.
Budding GPs here?
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