Editorials

Career guidance for doctors

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7099.6 (Published 05 July 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:6

Draw clear boundaries between appraisal and counselling—and develop both

  1. Douglas Carnall, Career Focus editora
  1. a BMJ, London WC1H 9JR

    British doctors may not be deserting the profession,1 but there is no doubt of the disillusionment that currently afflicts them.2 If morale is the difference between current perceptions and future expectations, it is reasonable to suppose that better information, advice, and counselling about career and employment would help doctors to narrow that gap. Yet career advice for doctors can be hard to come by. At medical school students often do not have access to university career services3 and, even when they do, do not always use them.4 After graduation, sources of advice are much less clear. The BMJ's Career Focus section, one year old this week, provides a forum for gathering and channelling this information. It attempts to address the paradox that, although doctors are the most expensive workforce within the NHS, little information has been available for them to make informed decisions about their careers.

    The diversity of sources of information on doctors' careers is part of the problem: much of the relevant information exists in the grey literature …

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