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Academia: the view from below

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7120.1468a (Published 29 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1468

Inner city scheme provides springboard for entry into academic general practice

  1. Sonia Saxena, South Thames clinical research fellowa
  1. a Division of General Practice and Primary Care, St George's Hospital Medical School, London SW17 0RE
  2. b Department of Child Health, University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff CF4 4XW

    Editor—Chaudhry et al outlined the uncertainties of academic careers and called for a national career structure for medical academics.1 In general practice the need for properly conducted community based research performed by clinicians is even more pressing. Few general practitioners, however, can pursue research interests alongside clinical and administrative commitments and on call rotas. The infrastructure in which to acquire research skills, such as skills in planning research strategies, literature searches, procuring grant money, and conducting the studies, themselves barely exists. General practitioners are sometimes perceived as being at the bottom of the academic scale, as indicated by a comment in the Independent newspaper that perhaps it is not necessary to select students of A level standard for an ultimate career in general practice.2 In short, there is little perception of an academic culture associated with …

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