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Five futures for academic medicine

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7518.694 (Published 22 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:694

Future of academic medicine looks bleak

  1. E Malcolm Symonds, emeritus professor ([email protected]),
  2. Sir Peter Bell, emeritus professor,
  3. Jangu Banatvala, emeritus professor
  1. Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, School of Human Development and Midwifery, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham NG7 2UH
  2. Department of Surgery, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester LE1 5WW
  3. Guy's, King's and St Thomas' School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, London SE1 8WA

    EDITOR—Four factors are responsible for the failure of academic medicine. The first is the research assessment exercise, which, surprisingly, is not discussed in the ICRAM scenarios outlined by Clark for the International Campaign to Revitalise Academic Medicine.1 The second is the inhibition of clinical research by the draconian regulations often inflicted by ethics committees. The third is the formidable problems faced by people wishing to work with …

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