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How can medical students be encouraged to consider primary care as a career?

In a letter published in the January 2014 edition of the British Journal of General Practice, medical students Fahmida Mannan and Zain Chaudhry from the Imperial College London School of Medicine discuss how the NHS and medical schools can encourage students to consider general practice as a career option. They suggest the focus in medical schools should shift towards improving the quality of general practice placements and promoting the integration of primary care and specialist teaching, rather than consuming more time in an already overstretched curricula.

They also consider that prestige has never been the main incentive for pursuing a specialty. Their own experience is that many medical students are attracted to a career in general practice because of other factors, such as a good work–life balance, continuity of care and career flexibility. With many GPs now concerned about their workload, this inevitably influences students and junior doctors in their career choices.

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Results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework

The results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) were published today. The REF is carried out to assess the quality of research in UK universities. The Times Higher Education Supplement's analysis ranked Imperial College as having the highest REF score among major UK universities. Among the 'Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care', category, Imperial College achieved a 57% 4-star rating, which was the joint highest in the UK (along with Oxford University).