Jobs for the boysBMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39244.478970.59 (Published 14 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1276
- Wendy Moore, freelance writer and author, London
Climbing the greasy medical career ladder used to be so much simpler. Before the advent of tedious form-filling, maddening technical hitches, and the unseemly scramble for too few posts, obtaining a plum job for life was governed by an application system that everyone could understand: nepotism.
For centuries, all that was needed for an aspiring trainee physician or surgeon to secure a lucrative countryside practice or a top post at an eminent teaching hospital were the right family connections. In a spirit of continuity only equalled by The Forsyte …