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Consulting with veiled students

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 28 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b2664
  1. Chris Ellis, general practitioner, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  1. cristobalellis{at}

    After 35 years in general practice, I have been contracted to teach family medicine at a national university medical school in the Middle East. I thought that changing from clinical practice to full time teaching would be easier, but teaching practice and theory have undergone a sea change since I was at medical school in the 1960s.

    On top of this have been the challenges of teaching in a completely different culture where the male and …

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