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why General Practice?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by medical22, Jun 18, 2002.

  1. medical22

    medical22 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 15, 2001
    For those interested in becoming a GP, I would like to hear from you why you are interested in this area of medicine? Do most people want to specialize now a days or go into general practice? What are the benefits?
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  3. MUN2005

    MUN2005 Miner? 7+ Year Member

    Aug 19, 2001
    The GP's have a broad knowledge about all areas of medicine. Whereas if you specialize further, you will be an expert in your area, but you may have moved away from other aspects of medicine. Family residencies are not as stressfull as some others, and often times call is minimal and hours are not too bad, again compared to say, a surgical residency. Plus you get to treat a wide variety of patients and problems, acute and chronic, etc, instead of treating people with HIV most of the time if you concentrated in infectious disease. Hope this helps.
  4. none

    none 1K Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 27, 2001
    Shorter residency time.
  5. MUN2005

    MUN2005 Miner? 7+ Year Member

    Aug 19, 2001
    Also, I don't know about in the US, but in Canada, FM is 2 years, and then you have the option to do an extra year of EM, which will qualify you to work as an EM doc in most smaller hospitals.
  6. Acro Yali

    Acro Yali Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 16, 2001
    I might be interested in becoming a PCP and shorter training time is among that list of reasons. Other reasons are more personal.
  7. gherelin

    gherelin Member 7+ Year Member

    May 26, 2002
    I am starting a family practice residency in 5 days so I thought I'd share my reason--yes, mostly it was just one overriding reason, and that was that after doing my third year and hald of 4th year rotations, those were the people I felt most comfortable with-we seemed to have similar values, priorities, attitudes, and approaches, and that was very important to me, especially after feeling alienated in other specialties. I'd never have predicted it before getting to third year. I was leaning toward pathology or neurology prior to this. My grades were above average with lots of honors on my clinical rotations and good board scores so I had a lot of choices, chose Family and got into my first choice residency. By the way, at my school, the shortest route to practicing was Internal Medicine-3+3=3 years med school, 3 years residency for total of 6, while FP is your four years med school plus 3 year residency (possibly followed by a variety of different fellowships such as sports medicine or family-centered obstetrics.)
  8. teamcox

    teamcox Physician Faculty 2+ Year Member

    Nov 4, 2011
    It's true, general practice is alive and well. I graduated from an American med school in 2009, did my intern year, and now have my own practice with hospital Priviledges and take all insurances. Life is great. Only problem I have had is getting Priviledges at larger hospitals that have Hospitalist groups, so they want to keep all billing for the hospital. I bill at the same rate as FPs, and I didn't have to deal with the extra 2 years of $5/hour 80 hour work weeks. I think that GPs will come back given the doctor nurse quacktioners, with on line degrees. AMA should realize that doctor nurses, PAs, are pushing PCPs doc out, and why go into PC if doctor nurses finish in half the time with their online degree? I say get real doctors out faster, GP baby;)
  9. 194342

    194342 Physician 7+ Year Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Yeah, usually you post this after someone else necromances a thread. Not when you are necromancing a thread with the picture. :idea:
  10. HardToStarboard

    HardToStarboard 2+ Year Member

    Oct 23, 2011
    Which school did you attend?
  11. teamcox

    teamcox Physician Faculty 2+ Year Member

    Nov 4, 2011
    The medical college of Georgia
  12. Celerity

    Celerity 5+ Year Member

    Aug 30, 2011
    For anyone interested in GP, Texas Tech has a 3 year med school program for people who want to pursue GP. I think they also give a full year free tuition for this program. You walk out with have the cost of med school. Great program.
  13. I'm not sure that I understand the point of that bump.
  14. aSagacious

    aSagacious Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Nov 16, 2010
    There was a spam post that originally bumped the thread. Jarudy replied to the bump and after the spam post was deleted it looks like Jarudy was the one who bumped it.
  15. ManBroDude

    ManBroDude Half man, half bearpig 5+ Year Member

    Mar 8, 2011
    Also, say your dad is the best of the best in a specific type of surgery that he's got down to a science, and he's churning through 14 patients daily. That's when I would join his practice as a GP and help out the family business as first assist.
  16. okay that makes so much more sense :)

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