Career Focus

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BMJ 1997; 314 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7075.3 (Published 18 January 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:S3-7075

LATS (the London Academic Training Scheme) used to stand for long acting thyroid stimulating antibody: these days the acronym is synonymous with innovation in academic training for general practice. The annual report of the London Initiative Zone's Educational Incentives Programme, Development through education, outlines how the scheme, which links academic fellowship with practice vacancies, has allowed 12 doctors, mostly newly fledged principals, to develop experience in practice in tandem with training in research. Most graduates of the scheme have remained in local practice, an important consideration in these days of difficult recruitment.

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