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Generations divided on whether today’s medical training is up to the job

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: (Published 18 May 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2374
  1. Matthew Limb, freelance journalist
  1. BMJ Careers

A new study finds a generational split in attitudes to the quality of current medical training. Matt Limb reports

Junior doctors are increasingly satisfied with the quality of the training they receive, but many senior doctors think that current training is inadequate, a study has found.

A team from Oxford University analysed how different generations of UK doctors view the quality of their training. The researchers found that only 16% of all juniors surveyed thought that they had had to perform clinical tasks for which they felt inadequately trained. Of the most recent cohort (2012), the proportion who agreed had fallen to 12%.

However, 38% of senior doctors working in UK hospitals said that they did not think that specialty training enabled new consultants to practise adequately, and only 21% said they thought …

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