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No time to train the surgeons:The rot is deep

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 06 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1134
  1. Aman S Coonar, specialist registrar, cardiothoracic surgery (
  1. Cardiothoracic Surgery, Guy's and St Thomas's Hospitals, London SE1 9RT

    EDITOR—Chikwe et al highlight the crisis in surgical training in the United Kingdom.1 Many of the advantages of the “apprentice” model have been destroyed without a comfortable and successful new structure being in place. Some elements can be rectified with ease—comprehensive academic courses, wet labs, a refashioned senior registrar phase, …

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