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Specialisms don't reflect ethnic origin

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 09 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:0-c

The ethnic origin of UK trained doctors has little influence on opportunity to enter particular specialties. Analysing official databases of NHS consultants and of students accepted to study medicine, Goldacre and colleagues (p 597) found that the percentage of consultants who had trained abroad and were non-white (but not UK trained doctors from ethnic minorities) was significantly high in geriatric medicine, genitourinary medicine, paediatrics, old age psychiatry, and learning disability. Ethnic minorities are well represented in medical schools in the United Kingdom, and they have the same career destinations as UK trained white doctors.

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