BriefingBMJ 1998; 317 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7158.3b (Published 29 August 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:S3b-7158
The BMA is not the only organisation to be running a cohort study looking at the career progress of doctors. Its Canadian counterpart has been following all 1722 doctors awarded an MD in 1989. Two papers (CMAJ 1998;158:723-37) report wastage rates of 16% (mainly through migration). The authors also highlight the difficulties caused by the abolition of rotating internships in 1994: it is now much harder to change specialty or take a career break for personal reasons.