The August issue of Pulse is edited by a group of GP trainees for the first time ever in the magazine’s history.

The magazine presents the results of a survey of over 300 GP trainees and shows that – contrary to popular belief, nearly 40% see themselves becoming a partner one day.

GP trainees are – on the whole - enthusiastic about their choice of career, but perhaps not for the reasons most think they are. On average GP trainees wanted to work a 5.5 session week and many cite ‘work-life balance’ or having a ‘portfolio career’ as the top reasons for them choosing general practice as a medical speciality rather than the straitjacket of working in a hospital trust.

The survey was covered by the Sun, the Daily Mail, the Times and ITV news. Deputy editor Jaimie Kaffash was also interviewed on Talk Radio and Sky Radio about the survey.

The August issue of Pulse also contains an investigation into why the pass rates of BME graduates taking the MRGP exam are worsening compared to their white counterparts. It also contains a call from former RCGP chair Professor Clare Gerada for GP training to be extended to five years.

Throughout August, Pulse will publish a series of investigations, opinion pieces and advice articles on subjects that are important to the next generation of GPs. The aim is to reflect their concerns and expectations, and provoke also a debate in the profession about its future. Pulse editor Nigel Praities explains more here.