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Sweeping reforms recommended for medical education

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 05 August 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:345

Medical education in Britain ignores insights from the psychology of learning, overloads medical students with facts, and neglects educational principles, says a new BMA report. The report recommends reform of medical education at all stages, from the undergraduate curriculum through to postgraduate and continuing medical education.

It points out that doctors must be students throughout their professional careers, and it criticises the royal colleges for doing little to make improvements, although they are responsible for overseeing standards of postgraduate medical education. Instead, it says, …

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