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Keeping Paice with reforms

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7567.518 (Published 07 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:518
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Elisabeth Paice takes up the helm of UK postgraduate medical education at a time of great change. Zosia Kmietowicz reports

    Professor Elisabeth Paice credits herself with two major achievements in her 10 year tenure as a champion for the rights and welfare of junior doctors—firstly, as associate dean, and, more recently, as dean director at the London postgraduate medical deanery. But as the new chairwoman of the UK Conference of Postgraduate Medical Deans, she has much grander ambitions.


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    Chief among these is ensuring the successful implementation of the reforms set out in the Modernising Medical Careers programme. But Paice also has her own ideas of how the medical workforce should look in the years to come, and the things that should help shape it.

    It was Paice whose inspiration launched the “point of view” surveys, in 1996, in which trainee doctors from the old North Thames region, and subsequently from the London; Kent, Surrey, and Sussex; and Eastern deaneries, could comment on their working and training environments. These surveys provided the impetus and resolve to implement changes that have improved support in education and reduced bullying in these regions, says Paice.

    She feels justifiably proud that the …

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