Who wants to be a GP?

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 59 , No. 3 , April 2017 , Pages 146 Letters

After 43 years in the trenches of general practice, I applaud the fortitude and wisdom of the Pemberton clinic physicians billing employers $50 when a patient requests a note for time loss due to illness. This is proactive and insightful. Hopefully, it is the foot in the door and may precede changes in other intrusions into the GP’s office that are beyond the doctor’s control and invoked by government, lawyers, and the College of Physicians and Surgeons. This includes the medico-legal octopus of ICBC claims, with unnecessary office visits and suffocating requests for chart copies and reports (the bane of practice!), stringent opiate-prescribing guidelines, and extensions of the statute of limitations to 15 years—for many, beyond their death. 

Where is the carrot for new MDs planning a family medicine career?
—John Albrecht, MD
Burnaby

J.E. Albrecht, MD. Who wants to be a GP?. BCMJ, Vol. 59, No. 3, April, 2017, Page(s) 146 - Letters.



Above is the information needed to cite this article in your paper or presentation. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommends the following citation style, which is the now nearly universally accepted citation style for scientific papers:
Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Caplan AL, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med. 2002;347:284-7.

About the ICMJE and citation styles

The ICMJE is small group of editors of general medical journals who first met informally in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1978 to establish guidelines for the format of manuscripts submitted to their journals. The group became known as the Vancouver Group. Its requirements for manuscripts, including formats for bibliographic references developed by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), were first published in 1979. The Vancouver Group expanded and evolved into the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), which meets annually. The ICMJE created the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals to help authors and editors create and distribute accurate, clear, easily accessible reports of biomedical studies.

An alternate version of ICMJE style is to additionally list the month an issue number, but since most journals use continuous pagination, the shorter form provides sufficient information to locate the reference. The NLM now lists all authors.

BCMJ standard citation style is a slight modification of the ICMJE/NLM style, as follows:

  • Only the first three authors are listed, followed by "et al."
  • There is no period after the journal name.
  • Page numbers are not abbreviated.


For more information on the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, visit www.icmje.org

BCMJ Guidelines for Authors

Leave a Reply