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Careers in academic medicine

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7108.608a (Published 06 September 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:608

It's surprising that any juniors consider careers in academic medicine

  1. Robert Baker, Research fellowa,
  2. Andrew Ustianowskia
  1. a Academic lnfectious Diseases Unit, University College London Medical School, London W1P 6DB
  2. b Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham B29 6JD
  3. c University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff CF4 4XY

    Editor—Michael Rees identifies many of the concerns of senior academic staff.1 These compound the uncertainty of many juniors who might be considering a career in research.

    The implications of the Calman report are far from clear for registrars embarking on a higher degree. In particular there seems to be no clear national consensus about recognition of years spent in research towards the certificate of completed specialist training. We have been fortunate in that our region's specialty deans have made the position known.

    Research funding is fiercely contested, and this leads to considerable anxiety about career stability and even whether an individual project will reach completion. Many funding bodies seem, paradoxically, to expect the presentation of pilot data before they will consider an application. Recent procedural changes require that certain applications for project grants must be directed from within an established research unit. These changes are perhaps …

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