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Not good enough

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 11 August 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b2947
  1. Christopher Brown, ST2 doctor in trauma and orthopaedics, Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading
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    We had just arrived in France for a week’s skiing. I checked my email in the hotel lobby, and there it was—the outcome of my specialty trainee level 3 (ST3) interview. “You were well below the standard we expect of registrars in this deanery. You will not proceed to ST3 but instead will go onto an ST2-3 transition post.” Suddenly, my guaranteed run-through training had suffered a year long hiccup.

    Although I’m not one of those people who always knew they …

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