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Letters Surgical training and clinical trials

Surgical training and clinical trial involvement—the trainees’ view

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 26 May 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2773
  1. Aneel Bhangu, academic clinical lecturer in surgery1
  2. On behalf of Paul Marriott, Dmitri Nepogodiev (West Midlands Research Collaborative); Angelos G Kolias, Aimun Jamjoom (British Neurosurgical Trainee Research Collaborative); Matthew D Gardiner (Reconstructive Surgery Trials Network); Frank D McDermott (Irish Surgical Research Collaborative); Clare Skerritt (Paediatric Surgical Trainee Research Network); Rhiannon L Harries, Julie Cornish, Amy L Stimpson, James C Glasbey, Dave C Bosanquet (Welsh Barbers Research Group); Stephen Chapman, Shafaque Shaikh, Greg Taylor (Yorkshire Surgical Research Collaborative); Matthew Lee, Jonathan Wild (South Yorkshire Surgical Research Group); Matt Mawdsley, Will Manning (Collaborative Orthopaedic Research Network); Shameen Jaunoo, Hannah L. Adams (Warwickshire Surgical Research Group); Natalie S Blencowe (Severn and Peninsula Audit and Research Collaborative for Surgeons); Jennifer A Smith (North West Research Collaborative); Clare Burdett (Cardiothoracic Trainees Research Collaborative); Vimal J Gokani, Philip W Stather (Vascular and Endovascular Research Network); James B Haddow, Nicholas R A Symons (London Surgical Research Group); Nicholas Ventham, Gary Nicholson (Scottish Surgical Research Group)
  1. 1West Midlands Research Collaborative, Academic Department of Surgery, Room 29, 4th Floor, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TH, UK
  1. aneelbhangu{at}

As surgical trainees across multiple disciplines, it is our collective aim for all surgical patients to have the opportunity to participate in at least one clinical trial during their hospital episode.1 We recognise that most patients wish to have this option,2 and we want our training to facilitate this. Because patients have the right to be involved in improving surgical …

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