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Getting back into medicine

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 19 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1370
  1. Penny Cox
  1. Harrow, Middlesex HA3 7TE

    Over 16 years ago I walked away from my first and last senior house officer post and into a very different career as a church minister. My husband and I had accepted an offer to train together, and I welcomed the chance to develop a more holistic approach to serving my fellow man. In the wake of much consternation from family and friends, I thought I might return after some months or possibly a few years. I kept my stethoscope, ophthalmoscope, and tourniquet at the back of my underwear drawer… just in case.

    Well, the years have rolled by. I've had two children who are now teenagers. I've worked in numerous places around England, travelled abroad, and helped build churches in several different settings. I've been a consumer …

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