The class of 2015 would rather be GPs than surgeons

THE Medicare freeze appears to have done little to blunt the appeal of general practice for graduating medical students.

The specialty has emerged as the second most popular career ambition for the class of 2015, just behind internal medicine and ahead of surgery.

Nearly 18% of students who graduated from Australian medical schools last year nominated general practice as their top career preference, a survey shows. About 20% nominated internal medicine and 15% nominated surgery.