A general practitioner is someone who has received general training, that is to say training in several fields or in several aspects in a field without specializing. A general practitioner has knowledge in several areas of health without a specialty.
Advantages of the general practitioner
A good general practitioner will be able to take care of multitudes of patients without having to resort to a specialist, who will only be necessary in certain cases: need for surgery, need for specific treatment. And who will take over following these acts? The general practitioner. Thus, the attending physician will be present before, during and after the illness.
Moreover, this specialty, general medicine, because it is a full-fledged one, sees its future brightening with the gradual increase in its remuneration (higher pricing for pediatric consultations, bonuses according to the number of patients, etc.). Its role is also changing: in fact, the general practitioner is today the central pivot of the patient's care path.
In addition, general medicine has the advantage of treating multitudes of patients, all people without distinction of sex, age, disease (except in a few cases), so many problems.
A general practitioner knows how to manage all the situations that arise by acquiring solid knowledge in all fields of medicine: dermatology, gynecology, pediatrics, therapy, oncology, psychiatry… and that is very fascinating !!! A good applied general practitioner is one who seeks, who finds and who supports.
How to achieve these advantages?
Becoming a good generalist also means having been well-trained. However, the university training of future general practitioners is evolving. It is therefore about trusting our peers, our fellow general medicine professors, who have accepted the challenge of rethinking general medicine training in order to train accomplished general practitioners, true specialists in medicine in general.
To be a good generalist and to enjoy these advantages, it is essential to be trained in the field.