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The problem with publications

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 03 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6252
  1. Esohe C Omoregie, foundation trainee, East Kent University Hospital Trust, Canterbury, UK
  1. ecomoregie{at}

It is drummed into medical students and doctors across the world that, to get ahead, you need to get published. “Getting published” is often used as a catch-all term to refer to any writing that might boost academic credentials—presentations, leaflets, full papers, abstracts, guidelines, and so on.

In my first foundation year, I was no different from any other junior struggling to pull myself out of that cohort of trainees who wouldn’t get a …

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