The General Practitioner (GP) is the key physician in primary medical care. The principal function of the role is  the diagnosis and holistic management of illness and disease in the community and referral to specialists where appropriate. The GP therefore functions as primary health care contact and gate keeper to specialist care. Preventative medicine and patient health education are usually an integral part of the role.

Enhanced Skills for the General Practitioner

Some GP roles require specialist skills and additional qualifications in diverse clinical areas to expand the scope of practice of the GP and permit additional responsibilities according to the work setting. 

Skills in high demand include  minor surgery, anaesthesia, dermatology, obstetrics, gynaecology, travel medicine, paediatrics, psychiatry, rural medicine and emergency medicine.

International General Practitioner Jobs

The most common job title worldwide is General Practitioner, but the designation Family Physician is used in  the USA, Canada and Middle East. The title Urgent Care Physician is used for GPs working in walk in Urgent Care centres or Emergency Departments.

In Australia and New Zealand, experienced GPs may work as District Medical Officers and be based in hospital Emergency, Anaesthesia or Obstetric Departments.

Qualifications for General Practitioner Jobs

Our candidates for General Practitioner and Family Physician roles all have the following qualifications:

  • Medical Degree from WHO approved medical school
  • Postgraduate structured training or residency programme in General Practice or Family Medicine leading to a formal recognised qualification in the speciality.
  • Specialist qualifications: American Board of Family Medicine (USA), MRCGP and CCT (UK), FRACGP (Australia), FRNZCGP (New Zealand), CFCP (Canada), FCFP or MMed (South Africa) or equivalent European qualifications.
  • Additional qualifications for enhanced skills
  • English language fluency.

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Useful Links

The Royal College of General Practitioners

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners

Colleges of Medicine South Africa  College of Family Physicians

The College of Family Physicians of Canada 

The American Board of Family Medicine