BriefingBMJ 1998; 317 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7159.3 (Published 05 September 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:S3-7159
It would be a pity if only women in medicine could take advantage of the handsome new handbook Careers for women in medicine: planning and pitfalls (4th ed.) (produced by Women In Medicine). Here, lined up in an accessible table, are summaries of the total numbers in each specialty, the percentage of women and part timers in each, the exam structure, and requirements for training posts on the way to a career grade job. Here also are clear accounts of the structure of the profession, and planning and managing your career, plus some fascinating historical facts: women were admitted to Salerno medical school in the 11th century, for example, but formally excluded from BMA membership between 1875 and 1892. Fortunately the handbook is available to all through the largesse of the NHS Equal Opportunities Unit who have sponsored this edition. It is free.
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