Why I'm uneasy about being anyone's 'specialist in life'

OPINION

Let us celebrate and advertise our careers for what they are, no more, no less, writes Dr Stephen Whiteside.


Every time I see the advertisement “I’m not just a GP. I’m your specialist in life,” I feel extremely unwell. To my way of thinking, it sends off all the wrong messages. It leaves me feeling alienated. I am not that GP, and I do not want to be.

Firstly, I am a generalist, not a specialist, and secondly, my expertise lies in medicine, not something as nebulous as ‘life’.

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