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Letters Surgical training and clinical trials

Training and trials—building a future

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 26 May 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2772
  1. Thomas M Drake, fourth year medical student1,
  2. Michael Bath, fourth year medical student2,
  3. Henry A Claireaux, fourth year medical student3,
  4. Chia Kong, fourth year medical student4,
  5. Chetan Khatri, final year medical student5,
  6. Lisa McNamee, fourth year medical student6,
  7. Midhun Mohan, fourth year medical student7
  8. On behalf of the STARSurg Student Collaborative
  1. 1University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
  2. 2University of Leicester, Leicester, UK
  3. 3University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
  4. 4University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
  5. 5Imperial College London, London, UK
  6. 6Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  7. 7University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
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The debate about research training is not confined to postgraduate surgical trainees.1 As medical students, we too would like to learn how to recruit into and participate in clinical trials across all specialties. When we graduate, we will be expected to make diagnoses, order tests, and start treatment. The General Medical Council’s “Tomorrow’s Doctors” guidance emphasises the …

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