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BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/sbmj.0510379 (Published 01 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:0510379
  1. Jim Bolton, consultant liaison psychiatrist1,
  2. Adam Poole, director2,
  3. Simon Eccles, chairman3,
  4. Sabina Dosani, specialist registrar in child psychiatry4,
  5. Elitham B Turya, consultant in child health5
  1. 1South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust
  2. 2Areas Training Cardiff
  3. 3BMA Junior Doctors Committee
  4. 4London
  5. 5Trafford NHS Trust

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I start my medical degree in a(ew months. Wilt the fact that I am a nurse hinder or help me through my medical career?

A previous career in nursing would be valuable in studying medicine. Not only will you have more basic medical knowledge and skills than many of your peers, but you will also be more aware of what you are letting yourself in for. In my experience, graduates studying medicine often have a greater degree of application to their studies than those, like me, who come straight from school. This may be due to greater maturity and experience of higher education. In the future, an article comparing your experiences as a trainee in both nursing and medicine might make interesting reading in BMJ Careers.

I would like to know how an MBChB degree can be used for careers other than clinical medicine. Where can I get advice on alternative career pathways for medical graduates? I only have one year of postgraduate experience.

Yes. The degree is as “transferable” as any other degree would be, meaning you can theoretically enter any career at graduate level. The key decision you have to make is whether you want to use your medical training in …

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