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Editorials Christmas 2018

Rethinking medicine

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 13 December 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4987

Re: Rethinking medicine

The editorial by Marshall et al is timely and it immediately resonated with me, as I am sure it has with many other medical colleagues. It is important to realise the interconnectedness of things. A humanities-informed, public health oriented, integrated (physical and mental health), values based medical curriculum and training across the life span should become mainstream rather than being branded as ‘soft skills’ or optional extras. There is a need for national organisations like the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, Health Education England and General Medical Council to come together, involve an ‘assembly of interested people and agencies’ and formulate a long term plan for becoming and being a doctor in our times. For a start I would like to see works like Michael Marmot’s ‘Fair Society, Healthy Lives’, Atul Gawande’s ‘Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End‘ and Iona Heath’s writings become part of core reading and reflection in medical curricula along with textbooks and articles on various clinical disorders. It is time for us to re-think, reflect and reconnect to medicine in a different way.

Competing interests: No competing interests

15 December 2018
Ananta S Dave
Doctor - Consultant Psychiatrist
Dudley & Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust