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Clare Gerada: Unhealthy perfectionism

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l438 (Published 04 February 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l438
  1. Clare Gerada, GP partner
  1. Hurley Group, London, UK
  1. clare.gerada{at}nhs.net
    Follow Clare on Twitter: @ClareGerada

Recently, just before giving a lecture at my old medical school, I was handed my student report card. In the corner was a small passport photo of the young me, and below were the grades I achieved during each attachment, including my elective and student locum.

No comments, just grades. My scores were average: mainly Bs and B+s, a few C+s, even a C. Seeing this card nearly 40 years later was a surprise. I had no idea that each clinical firm was graded, and I’d assumed that the only scores we received were at finals. It set me thinking about how different it is for today’s medical students.

Far from fitting …

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