How about a career in academic general practice?
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Making a difference: “If you devote yourself to being the best practitioner you can be, you will improve the lives of thousands of patients in your working lifetime. If you teach students and young doctors, you will help to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients. If, through research, you change the way we all practise, you will help to improve the lives of millions.”
I still recall those inspiring words of my mentor Paul Freeling, who taught me about general practice as an undergraduate student, and then about primary care research as a half time research fellow, at St Georges, London. I like to think he was right, as research to which I’ve contributed has led to changes in practice within my working lifetime. Regular assessments of severely mentally ill patients, and the use of questionnaires to measure severity of depression before treatment,  are now widespread in UK general practice. Research in primary care is at the applied end of the spectrum, which means that useful results can be implemented for the benefit of patients within a few years of publication.
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