Intended for healthcare professionals

Career Focus


BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 31 October 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:S3b-7167

Another of those surveys that looks at the academic achievement of doctors and undergraduates and tries to find predictors of subsequent career progression, this time from Kentucky (Academic Medicine 1998;73:794-6). The researchers looked at exam scores and grouped the graduates into seven bands of achievement. Those with high test scores were more likely to enter a specialist career; conversely, low scorers were more likely to enter a generalist specialty like family medicine, internal medicine, or paediatrics. It is possible to interpret this result as a slap in the face for the intellectual appeals of generalism, but more likely this reflects the relative popularity of the specialties: high test scores are used to ration entry to popular training programmes.

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