Career guidance for doctors

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7124.75 (Published 03 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:75

RCSE is doing much to help surgical trainees and medical students

  1. R W Porter, Director of education and traininga
  1. a Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH8 9DW
  2. b Standing Committee on Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education, 1 Park Square West, London NW1 4LJ

    Editor—Carnall says that career advice for doctors can be hard to come by.1 He may be correct, but I can assure him that the situation is improving.

    It is unusual to find surgical trainees disillusioned, but many are confused about the changes in training, and they are often uncertain about how they should proceed. The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has taken the need for career advice seriously. For final year medical students we have written and distributed the booklet “Becoming a Surgeon,” which describes the pathways to becoming a trained surgeon. We exhibit at the medical school career fairs and have developed a career advisory service, which responds to the needs of medical students as well as surgical trainees. …

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