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Letters Duty to get involved in research

Postdoctoral progression is needed for doctors taking up clinical academic careers

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 23 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6927
  1. Denise Best, academic clinical careers manager1,
  2. Joana Lopes, research and professional development officer1,
  3. Chris Pugh, director1
  1. 1Clinical Academic Graduate School, Room 3600 Medical Sciences Divisional Office, Level 3, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford OX3 9DU, UK

Gulland’s article highlights the value to patients of doctors being involved in research.1 2 While this has been recognised in the NHS’s commitment to research,3 such involvement, we believe, must include sufficient numbers of doctors taking up clinical academic careers. Progress in healthcare requires that medically trained academics become principal investigators making significant …

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