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Junior Doctor of the Year: Influencing healthcare at home and abroad

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 15 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2195
  1. Helen Jaques, news reporter
  1. 1BMJ Careers, London WC1H 9 JR, UK
  1. hjaques{at}

Junior doctors could be excused for not having the time to make noteworthy contributions to healthcare in this country, what with carrying service provision in the NHS and the demands of training and exams. Some exceptional young doctors, however, manage to juggle their everyday commitments with projects that considerably enrich the world around them.

The Junior Doctor of the Year category of the BMJ Group Awards, introduced last year, rewards the doctor in training who has done most to improve the world we live in or to inspire others. The three candidates shortlisted for the 2011 award have all made an important difference to health within the different spheres of charity, research, and leadership. They have all shouldered huge additional commitments on top of their NHS training and excelled in their chosen field despite the demands of their jobs.

Dan Magnus

Dan Magnus was nominated for his long term commitment to charity work in the developing world. Dr Magnus, a paediatrics specialty trainee in Severn Deanery, co-founded the Kenyan Orphan Project ( in 2001 while a medical student at Nottingham University and continues to act …

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