Soundings Soundings


BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 10 October 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1022
  1. Trish Greenhalgh, general practitioner
  1. London

    I'm in trouble this week, and deservedly so. A month ago, in this column, I was cheerfully poking fun at the current vogue among the medical profession to eschew academic credentials in curricula vitae in favour of the kind of competencies you might expect on a National Vocational Qualification (5 September, p 687). Thus, I argued, the canny job applicant in general practice removes the hard won undergraduate prizes and postgraduate diplomas for fear of outshining the interviewer and replaces them with a list of “can dos” such as episiotomies repaired, abscesses drained, and minor skin blemishes cauterised.

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