If patients want a GP with excellent theoretical knowledge, I recommend they seek out a GP who is about to sit, or has just sat, the Fellowship exams. Breadth-of-knowledge-wise at least, for most of us, it is all downhill from there.
In my RACGP Censor role, I spend a lot of time working with GPs in the peri-exam phase of their careers. I’m constantly impressed with how much “stuff” they know and find myself wondering where all the “stuff” I used to know has gone. I’m not far past forty, so can’t blame age-related cognitive decline. I did get a knock to my head which resulted in six facial fractures and temporal lobe contusions, but I passed my FRACGP OSCE exam three weeks later so it can’t have done me too much harm.
And yet here am I, constantly having to look up drug doses, item numbers, clinical guidelines and…
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