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Training the new generalists

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 06 August 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5042
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

Training for physicians has a new name and a new focus. Abi Rimmer looks at what’s changed and why

Earlier this month the first cohort of junior doctors entered internal medical training (IMT), which replaces core medical training (CMT). Abi Rimmer spoke to Mike Jones, medical director for training and development at the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board, about the new training scheme.

Why has IMT been introduced?

The aim of the programme is to increase the number of trainees who have generalist skills, Jones says. “The catalyst for these changes was the [2013] Shape of Training report,1 supplemented by the Future Hospital Commission report and the Francis report [on Mid Staffordshire].23 They all said that we need more doctors who were going to have …

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