Academic careers in general practice and primary care

Sean Hilton, Yvonne H. Carter

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In the past 10 years, significant developments in general practice teaching and research have led to the considerable growth of academic general practice as a discipline. This paper reviews issues relating to these developments, particularly career pathways and training aspects. The need to extend these advances to the broadening arena of primary health care has given further impetus for the development of academic careers. General practice will need to work closely with secondary care, community health, and social services to develop primary health care in its broadest sense, and an evidence base, generated by relevant research and evaluation, must underpin all of this. Structural and funding changes to undergraduate education, postgraduate training and primary care research have created a range of opportunities for general practice clinicians to define career pathways, not formerly available, within multiprofessional and multidisciplinary departments and groups. Education for future general practice and primary care must underpin developments as much as a research base. Relevant masters' degrees and diplomas are now widely available, and extended vocational training and higher professional education will enable general practitioners in their formative years to consider academic opportunities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)910-915
Number of pages6
JournalMedical Education
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2000


  • Education, medical, graduate, methods
  • Education, medical, undergraduate, methods
  • Family practice, education
  • Great Britain
  • Primary health care
  • Research, methods
  • Review, tutorial
  • State medicine


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