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Starter for 10: junior doctors showcase their knowledge

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 20 June 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2696
  1. Alison Shepherd
  1. The BMJ

Which teaching hospital has the most knowledgeable junior doctor cohort?

It may seem an impossible question to answer, but the BBC believes it is up to the challenge.

As part as its series of programmes to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS, the broadcaster is airing a week long competition every evening from 25 June, based on the perennially popular University Challenge. Battling it out are eight teams of three junior doctors from English teaching hospitals from Taunton to Blackpool, all hoping to receive the Golden Stethoscope from former mental health nurse and quizmaster, Jo Brand.

Joining comedian Brand is Helen Lawal, a London GP and TV doctor, who will add her expertise as the contestants tackle an array of questions ranging from diagnosing a patient’s symptoms to prioritising cases in a mock emergency department and getting stuck in with their chosen specialism.

Brand said she jumped at the opportunity to ask the questions as it was a rare “chance for a mere nurse to lord it over lots of doctors.”

Lawal added, “I think it’s about time junior doctors received some positive media coverage, and this does a great job of showcasing their knowledge and skills while showing that they are human too.”

Example questions

  1. What A is a disease caused by damaged adrenal glands and a deficiency in cortisol and aldosterone?

  2. In males which hormone stimulates Leydig cells to produce testosterone?

  3. The pineal gland is located along the posterior wall of which part of the brain?


  1. Addison’s disease

  2. Luteinising hormone

  3. Third ventricle


  • Britain’s Best Junior Doctors runs on BBC Two, 25 to 29 June at 7.30 pm

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