Revealed: A steep decline in medical grads becoming GPs

Researchers looked at six generations of medical students from the University of WA and the proportion opting for the specialty later in their career

The trend towards specialisation seems to be accelerating, as a smaller proportion of medical graduates opt for GP training with each passing generation, new figures suggest.

Researchers trawled through AHPRA registration details of all 2160 currently practising doctors who graduated from the University of Western Australia's medical school between 1985 and 2007.

They found 40% of doctors who graduated between 1985 and 1987 held specialist registration as a GP, falling to 35% among those who graduated a decade later.

Specialties of University of Western Australia medical graduates (1985-2007)
Source: MJA 2020, online