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Letters Doctors as leaders in the NHS

Teach medical students about management

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 06 August 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l4997
  1. Ali Mehdi, consultant orthopaedic surgeon
  1. Borders General Hospital, Melrose TD6 9BS, UK
  1. orthopaedix{at}

One of the root causes of the limited number of medically trained chief executives in the NHS is the lack of recognition and teaching of management in undergraduate medical education.1

At a national undergraduate conference, a hall full of medical students told me that they were not taught social disciplines yet were expected to work with diverse colleagues in …

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