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Half of all doctors are worse than average

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 23 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5605
  1. Kinesh Patel, junior doctor
  1. 1London
  1. kinesh_patel{at}

    The General Medical Council sent me a letter last week saying that I had a licence to practise. All I had to do was to return a slip of paper to get it, but it was a bit of a relief all the same. However, it did make me think. How would you rate your competence: (1) awful, (2) below average, (3) average, (4) above average, or (5) superb?

    Let me guess: most of you selected 4, with a few choosing 5 or 3. None of us really likes to think of ourselves …

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