Help, I'm a Doctor

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 31 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:500
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    BBC 1, 28 August at 7.55 pm

    “Help! I'm a Doctor” follows the progress of medical students on a new, revolutionary course at St George's Hospital Medical School, London. The methods used by the course, from selection to teaching to exams, are controversial, and the programme helps explain this new ethos. In a “Doctors To Be” style we follow some fascinating characters through their first year. It's a watchable programme that deals with many controversies of the course, spiced with the experiences of some lovable and some irritating students.

    The course lasts four years, in contrast to the traditional five in Britain, and selection methods are unique as A levels are totally ignored. The only requirement is that applicants have a degree in any subject they wish. In light of the current shortages of doctors, we are told that “St George's believe that they …

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