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Editor’s Choice: Feeding curiosity

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 05 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2465
  1. Tom Moberly, editor
  1. A1 BMJ Careers
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“The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries,” said Isaac Asimov, the science fiction author and biochemistry professor, “is not ‘Eureka’ but ‘That’s funny . . .’”

In BMJ Careers this week Thuvaraka Ware makes a case for a “that’s funny” response being the fuel that drives doctors to undertake clinical audits She argues that clinical audits need to be rescued from their role as box ticking CV fodder. Basing an audit on “an area of personal intrigue” is likely to lead to insights that may well lead to improvements in patient care, she says.

“An effective audit is borne out of need: after something goes wrong, requires improvement, or evaluation,” she says, and she wonders how doctors lost sight of this. “How did the thirst for discovery and the creative spark we all had as medical students get channelled into these rigid pathways simply for training purposes?”

Also this week, Tomos Richards and colleagues look at another aspect of CV building and examine in detail the rising costs of meeting the necessary requirements for core medical training They suggest that the costs of attending conferences risk leading to a situation where trainees end up “buying” their CVs.

They argue that the essential criteria in job advertisements need to be assessed by the medical royal colleges “to ensure high quality applicants are not discouraged by costs or outdone by inferior trainees who have simply bought more points on their CV.”


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