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Academic medicine: who is it for?

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 10 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:362

Public health faces similar difficulties to academic medicine

  1. Sian M Griffiths, senior clinical lecturer (
  1. Department of Public Health, University of Oxford, Oxford OX3 7LF

EDITOR—Much of the correspondence on the future of academic medicine has focused on the clinical specialties.1 2 Many of the problems are common to public health. The recent survey by the Council of Heads of Medical Schools makes it clear that public health medicine faces the most severe problems.3

The first is the overall changes in post since 2000: public health is the most negatively affected of all specialties with a loss …

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