Choosing General Practice: Your Career Guide / Edition 1

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This book takes the reader through the various aspects of a career in general practice from the time of applying to medical school until retirement. It will be a practical guide for anyone who is interested in the profession.

There have been a lot of changes to medical careers over the last few years that are now coming to completion, making this a thoroughly up to date guide for all those thinking of going into general practice.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This is a well written book for anyone considering entering the medical profession in the United Kingdom. It reads like a novel, but one is always aware that the story is a very real representation of the complexity of medical practice.
Purpose: The authors clearly enjoy their work, but recognize that certain aspects may not appeal to every practitioner. They provide a clear picture of what to expect and how to navigate what can be a confusing journey. They authors describe the process well for readers who have no previous understanding of what's involved. In fact, there are very important lessons for U.S. physicians as we contemplate the future of the American system of medicine.
Audience: The audience is primarily the lay public. The authors should be commended for their clarity and candor. They know their subject well and are proud of their work.
Features: The "Day in the Life of a General Practitioner" is an extraordinary well written description of a typical day and a most enjoyable read. There is also a most entertaining description of the early days of British medicine. These are followed by the nuts and bolts of how to get there and the options a prospective applicant has. The list of references is impressive.
Assessment: This is an excellent book that lays out the history, the requirements, and the reality of general practice. I would highly recommend it for inclusion in school and public libraries to make it easily available for all.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405170703
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/21/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Anne Hastie, MSc DRCOG FRCGP, Director, Postgraduate General Practice Education, London Deanery.

Dr Anne Stephenson, MBChB, Dip. Obst., PhD (Med), ILTM, Senior Lecturer in General Practice & Director of Community Education, King's College London Undergraduate Medical Education Team.

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Table of Contents




Chapter 1: General practice: past, present and future (Roger Jones, King’s College London).

Chapter 2: A day in the life of a general practitioner (Richard Savage, Guys & St. Thomas Hospital VTS and Suzanne Savage, London Deanery).

Chapter 3: Applying for medical school (John Rees, King’s College London).

Chapter 4: Undergraduate training (Helen Graham, King’s College London).

Chapter 5: Foundation training (Jan Welch, Guy’s Hospital, London).

Chapter 6: Specialty training for general practice (Tim Swanwick, London Deanery).

Chapter 7: Royal College of General Practitioners (Nav Chana, London Deanery).

Chapter 8: Further training opportunities (Steve Mowle, London Deanery).

Chapter 9: Flexible training and working (Anne Hastie, London Deanery).

Chapter 10: Returner and retainer schemes (Anwar Khan, London Deanery and Rebecca Viney, London Deanery).

Chapter 11: Principals, partnerships and salaried posts (Rebecca Viney, London Deanery and Catherine Jenson, Broomwood Road Surgery, Kent).

Chapter 12: Portfolio working (Maria Elliott, King’s College London).

Chapter 13: Academic general practice (Anne Stephenson, King’s College London; Neil Jackson, London Deanery; and Roger Jones, King’s College London).

Chapter 14: Teaching in general practice (Amanda Platts, London Deanery; and Anne Stephenson, King’s College London).

Chapter 15: Professional values (John Spicer, University of London).

Chapter 16: General practitioners with special interests (Roger Jones, King’s College London).

Chapter 17: Leadership and management (Julia Whiteman, London Deanery).

Chapter 18: Towards Retirement (Roger May, General Practitioner (retired)).


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