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Recruitment into specialty training in the UK

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 12 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:c7473
  1. Bill Irish, chairman, General Practice National Recruitment Office1,
  2. Alison Carr, senior clinical adviser, Medical Education and Training Programme (England)2,
  3. David Sowden, chairman, Conference of Postgraduate Medical Deans3,
  4. Neil Douglas, president, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges4,
  5. Fiona Patterson, professor5
  1. 1Severn Deanery, Bristol, UK
  2. 2Department of Health, London, UK
  3. 3East Midlands Deanery, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
  4. 4London
  5. 5Department of Social and Developmental Psychology, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK


Bill Irish and colleagues outline how national and specialty specific recruitment to specialty training has developed since the introduction of the Medical Training Application Service


  • Competing interests: BI, AC, DS, ND, and FP have received support for the submitted work from the GP National Recruitment Office, Department of Health, Conference of Post Graduate Medical Deaneries, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, and Cambridge University; and FP is founding director of the work psychology group that advises the Department of Health and a number of other medical specialties on issues relating to recruitment and workplace psychology.

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