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Academic medicine: who is it for?

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 10 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:360

Four old pillars seem to have been replaced by two new ones

  1. Peter N Furness, consultant histopathologist (
  1. Leicester General Hospital, Leicester LE5 4PW

EDITOR—Abbasi's four pillars of academic medicine—research, implementation of evidence, teaching, and improved delivery of healthcare—correspond closely with my perception of academic medicine as it was when I took up my first academic post 20 years ago.1 As a result, to be a clinical academic was regarded as a privilege. What's more, for those who made the grade, …

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