Soundings

Tales from the chocolate factory

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7003.515 (Published 19 August 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:515
  1. Colin Douglas

    Now, let's see. Male or female? Easy. Age? Again no problem. What position do you hold? That's a bit more complicated, and none of the boxes really fits. How many management courses have you attended? Frankly I've lost count, and you wouldn't want me to guess, would you? After all, this is a serious questionnaire about management education for clinicians.

    Any drawbacks? One or two. A course a long time ago, right back at the beginning, a week in high summer at a hotel in the Cairngorms like an unusually sybaritic Bavarian youth hostel. Their first steps in management education. My first steps in management. Compulsory first-name badges—just like a toddler's birthday party—and endless sessions in a black-painted windowless basement where we sit sweltering while outside the pines, heather, …

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