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The four pillars of global academic medicine

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 30 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:0-g
  1. Kamran Abbasi, acting editor (

    Have you ever slept during a lecture? A quarter of university students have, although the figure might be higher for medical students—who learn a great deal from role models, such as professors snoozing in grand rounds. Academia must be in crisis when, according to a survey in the Independent newspaper, more students have sent a text message during a lecture (63%) than asked a question (49%).

    If you manage to stay awake more than you sleep you may be aware that medical education has a hidden curriculum, which, say Heidi …

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