11 variables predict who will choose GP career

AGE, relationship status, volunteer work and having friends or family practising medicine are among a list of 11 characteristics that researchers say can be used to predict whether or not a medical student will pursue a career in general practice.

According to a Canadian survey of nearly 200 students, the biggest predictor that a student will choose general practice is an expressed desire to do so on entry to medical school – however, other factors are also said to play a part.

Older students and those in a long-term relationship were more likely to choose general practice, as were people