November 7, 2013
Article by Global Pre-Meds
Hospital doctor shadowing & global health experience programs.
One of the more interesting aspects of being a GP is the sheer diversity of patients and medical presentations you will deal with on a single day. Unlike a dentist or an ophthalmologist who only deal with one specific part of the body, as a GP, there is an undeniable thrill to not knowing what you are going to be dealing with next.
As the first point of contact for patients who are ill but are not sure what is wrong, you are responsible for diagnosing the medical presentation. While this can be challenging and immensely rewarding as you put to use everything you learnt at medical school.
The beauty of being a GP is that you don’t only see patients who are will. You will have the pleasure of meeting many healthy patients who come to you during positive times such as pregnancy and preventive health issues.
Being qualified and skilled in multiple streams makes it easier for you to choose from among several diverse sub-specialities, from paediatrics to emergency medicine.
It’s rarely that just one person from a family will come to see you. More often than not, the whole family would prefer to go to one ‘family doctor’ and you will find yourself building a lot of long-term relationships as you treat patients, their families and the next generation too.
As a GP in private practice, you have lots of options available to choose from, whether it is where to work or how many hours a day you want to work. Not being tied down to a fixed schedule gives you plenty of opportunities to spend time with your family or pursue other hobbies.
If you love medicine and you also love travelling, choosing the GP career path is the absolute perfect choice. As a doctor on a cruise ship or with an international airline, you will have the opportunity to travel the world. For a complete change of pace but without leaving the shores of Australia, you could join the Royal Flying Doctors and fly around Australia treating different medical emergencies. A career in general practice is truly your ticket to travel.
GPs are well renumerated without the long working hours of other specialties, which means you get the best of both worlds.