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Letters Scandal of research waste

Collaborative student research efforts provide a solution to research wastage

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 08 March 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l795
  1. Waheed-Ul-Rahman Ahmed, fourth year medical student1,
  2. Emily Mills, fourth year medical student2,
  3. Rachel A Khaw, final year medical student3,
  4. Kenneth A McLean, academic foundation doctor4,
  5. James C Glasbey, academic clinical fellow5
  1. 1University of Exeter, College of Medicine and Health, Exeter, UK
  2. 2Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Brighton, UK
  3. 3University of Manchester Medical School, Manchester, UK
  4. 4University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  5. 5University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
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Sharp and Curlewis1 provide a student’s perspective on research waste2 and discuss recognised pressures in UK medical schools to publish research “at all costs.” Research collaborations, such as STARSurg (Student Audit and Research in Surgery), enable students to engage in high quality studies with great impact, while gaining fundamental skills in study design and delivery. …

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