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Academic medicine: who is it for?

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 10 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:363

Summary of webchat

  1. Birte Twisselmann, technical editor
  1. BMJ

The opening salvo of the webchat on academic medicine was whether a definition of academic medicine was needed.1 No, it made the whole thing hopeless from the start. Yes, it helped to set a framework.

Thereon the main strands of the webchat were dominated by a negative view of the status quo: academic medicine is a giant industry perpetuating its own power and influence rather than serving the public. Medicine has become a source of profit for commerce and is now so intertwined with industry that the threads cannot be …

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