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Feature BMJ Group Awards

Excellence in healthcare education: top picks for 2011

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 22 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1728
  1. Christiane Rehwagen, editor, BMJ Masterclasses, international,
  2. Christine Ward, editor, BMJ Masterclasses, UK
  1. 1BMJ Learning, London WC1H 9JR, UK
  1. Correspondence to: C Rehwagen crehwagen{at}

It is often said that August is a bad time to be admitted to hospital because this is when junior doctors start work in the NHS. The first shortlisted candidate in the BMJ Group Award’s category for excellence in healthcare education acted on this by starting the “from scared to prepared course,” for new doctors in Bristol. The course was developed by Rebecca Aspinall, an anaesthetist and programme director for doctor training at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust with surgical registrar Natalie Blencowe, who recognised that mandatory training for junior doctors did not adequately prepare them for their new role.

The content is based on surveys of foundation year one (F1) doctors to find out what they wish they had been taught before starting and of medical students to find out what they are most …

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