Table 1. Thematic structure, sub-themes, and codes
ThemeSub-themeCodes
FM as intellectually stimulatingYesVariety of clinical presentations
Breadth of knowledge required
Managing uncertainty
Time-limited decision making (UK only)
Diverse career opportunities
NoThe same thing every day
Complex problems are referred to specialists
Time-limited decision making (UK only)
Disparaging remarks about FM as a career
Less competitive
FM and academic practiceViews of academia in generalLack of association between research and FMAcademia in FM associated with educationLack of role modelsCuriosity to learn more about academic FM
  • FM = family medicine