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Teaching students—whose job is it anyway?

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 13 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:153
  1. Anisur Rahman, senior lecturer in rheumatology (
  1. University College London

    Two new consultants, Dr A and Dr B, have just been recruited to a department in a teaching hospital. The existing consultants know that teaching on their firm is reputed to be poor and badly organised and expect one of the new consultants to take the lead in improving this.

    Dr A has been appointed to an NHS consultant post. The clinical director makes it clear to him that his success will be measured in terms of clinical service, audit, reducing waiting lists, and perhaps management activity. Dr A does not feel that these commitments will leave him much time for teaching and feels that organisation of teaching is the responsibility of clinical academics anyway.

    Dr B has been appointed to a senior lecturer post. The head of her academic department makes it clear to her that her success and prospects for promotion will be measured in terms of her research output, chiefly grants obtained and papers in journals with a high impact factor. Dr B therefore resolves to …

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