Career Focus

Where now for Career focus?

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 05 June 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:S2-7197
  1. Douglas Carnall
  1. BMJ

    Career focus has appeared each week for three years now. Its editor, Douglas Carnall, reviews its achievements and looks to the future

    One of the great satisfactions of editing Career focus is looking back over the archive and marvelling at the diverse range of activities that people with a medical degree can get involved in. Medicine is truly a broad church, and it is one of the tenets of Career focus that dissatisfied doctors have yet to find a niche or working pattern that suits them. We reasoned that better information could only help in that process,.1 although, of course, articles alone do not supply the proactive approach necessary to achieve the balance between ambition and lifestyle that each doctor must achieve.

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    About a third of articles arrive spontaneously; the rest are commissioned, often as a result of a response to a reader's inquiry. Many can be published with minimal editing. When this is not so, and the idea is a good one, our approach has been to nurture the article through the revision process rather than reject it outright. Our regular readership surveys suggest that you enjoy the section: a third of the BMJ's readership read it every week or most weeks, and a further third read it sometimes or occasionally.

    Editorial values

    Career focus has unashamedly pursued an agenda that promotes maximum choice and information for the individual and equal opportunities for all, both areas which have been in short supply in the British medical profession. Editorially, the section has been a little different too.

    Firstly, there is no such a thing as the definitive article on any career topic: it would have been a mistake, for example, to commission articles on careers in a particular specialty only from the appropriate royal college. Often the best person to write about a specialty is an active member of such an organisation, but much of …

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