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Junior doctors don’t get enough teaching

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 13 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2246

I am a returning doctor. I qualified in the late 1980s and went through a general practice training programme of my own making, working all around the United Kingdom. Having been away for a few years because of ill health, I thought that the safest route back into medicine might be via a foundation year one (FY1) job, where the chance of doing anything catastrophic might be mitigated by the many layers of supervision.

What has happened to the profession in my absence?

New drugs have evolved and practices have changed—and this is good and exciting (β blockers in heart failure was a bit of a shock though). But what has happened to education? In the past, you applied for a six month stint that looked interesting, and off you went. The consultants took pride in their work and saw teaching as a major part of their role. Consultant ward rounds were an opportunity to learn. Awkward questions were asked, …

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