Letters

Choosing tomorrow's doctors

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7065.1149a (Published 02 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1149

Students' knowledge of the realities of the profession is important

  1. Caron Grainger,
  2. Eleanor Harries
  1. Consultant in public health medicine Research fellow Institute of Public and Environmental Health, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT

    EDITOR,—Sandra Goldbeck-Wood questions the adequacy of academic achievement alone as a selection criterion for entrants to medical school, focusing on the need to produce doctors who are good for patients.1 We believe that there is another issue for debate—namely, choosing doctors who can survive the system in order to be good for patients. We therefore offer a complementary approach to use alongside academic criteria.

    Our work is based on a postal survey conducted in 1994 to determine morale among preregistration house officers who had been trained in Britain and were working in four health authority …

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