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Letters Teaching junior doctors

Not for the want of trying

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 10 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2894
  1. Miles D Witham, senior lecturer1
  1. 1University of Dundee, Dundee, UK
  1. m.witham{at}

The depressing picture painted by the anonymous junior doctor certainly reflects the current situation on my wards.1 However, we can’t turn the clock back—no matter how much the Royal College of Surgeons would like to—and the amount of structured teaching that foundation doctors undergo is far greater than when I was …

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