Students explain why they're shunning general practice

AUSTRALIAN medical students are shunning careers in general practice because they view it as boring, poorly paid and lacking in prestige.

Researchers anonymously surveyed 357 students, 51 of whom selected GP as their top preference. Some 200 planned to pursue another specialty and 106 hadn't made up their minds.

Among the students who wanted to enter general practice, poor pay was the most commonly stated disadvantage, followed by a lack of prestige. Yet the perceived pros of flexibility and work-life balance outweighed the cons.

For those who were planning on a