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BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7138.3 (Published 11 April 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:S3-7138

Doctors need many skills in addition to the purely clinical. In the past, skills such as teaching, communication, efficient working, business, management, and recognition of the role of the doctor in the team, hospital and society were left to be learnt by osmosis. Getting ahead in medicine is a useful summary of these areas, and the newer and no less essential basics of audit and information technology. The book will be most useful for those charged with inculcating these skills in the new generation of junior doctors - it organises the materials, not only by subject, but by skill level, forming an effective syllabus for the many personal development courses for doctors that are springing up around the country. One criticism: for a book with a section on evidence based medicine, it is scantily referenced.

Johnson C, Forrest F, Hall C. Getting ahead in medicine: a guide to personal skills for doctors. Oxford: Bios Scientific Publishers, 1998.

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