Lower your career sights, deputy chief medical officer advises future students

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 02 August 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:227
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    Medical students in the United Kingdom will need to scale down their career expectations in future, the deputy chief medical officer has warned, in the light of this year's problems in allocating junior doctors' training.

    Speaking after an off the record press briefing on Monday, Martin Marshall told the BMJ that this year's job allocation process—including the flawed Medical Application Training Service (MTAS)—would have an impact on people's expectations when they consider a career in medicine in future because it has highlighted the tough competition for certain specialties.

    “This has brought these issues to the fore,” he said. “I think it will change some expectations. But if that means we'll have more graduates applying for …

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