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The doctors' mess: the unsung resource

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 18 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:689
  1. Jason Raw, specialist registrar in geriatrics and general medicine (
  1. Royal Bolton Hospital, Bolton, Lancashire

    If we asked retiring doctors to look back over their careers to determine who or what had the most significant influence on their medical education, what do we think they would come up with? I expect that the most likely answers would be previous consultants and senior doctors, textbooks and teaching sessions, and experiences with memorable patients. Would anyone mention the doctors' mess?

    The doctors' mess is an ever changing resource that updates itself continuously

    The doctors' mess has always been associated with junior doctors hiding from work or eating their lunches. It is often a drab room, with the same facilities–usually a pool table, a drinks machine, and sometimes nowadays a computer, sofas (falling to …

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