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Letters Training surgeons

Work on motivation, don’t complain about hours

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 01 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5140
  1. Thomas Krasemann, consultant paediatric cardiologist1
  1. 1Evelina Children’s Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London SE1 7EH
  1. Thomas.Krasemann{at}

    One of the problems with Purcell Jackson and Tarpley’s article on working hours and acquiring skills in surgical disciplines is that it is not appropriate to compare training hours in different health systems.1 If trainees concentrate on their core duties (like operating, preoperative and postoperative care) and are not used …

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