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Letters Reforming medical education

A diagnostic formulation of undergraduate medical education in the UK

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: (Published 20 January 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n161
  1. Omar G Mustafa, consultant physician and honorary senior lecturer1,
  2. Ghanim Alsheikh, honorary clinical senior lecturer2
  1. 1Department of Diabetes, King’s College Hospital, London SE5 9RS, UK
  2. 2WHO Collaborating Centre for Public Health Education and Training, Imperial College London, London, UK
  1. omar.mustafa{at}

Dornan and colleagues’ article provides a diagnostic overview of some of the shortcomings of medical education in the UK.1

The shift to competency based training2 moved students away from being passive recipients of teaching to experiential learners, driven by inquiry. As stated in the article, readiness to practise safely does not mean demonstrably safer practice. This may …

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