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Student Editor’s Choice

Time waits for no one

BMJ 2021; 375 doi: (Published 24 November 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n2857
  1. Pat Lok, editorial scholar, The BMJ
  1. Correspondence to: P Lok plok{at}

Medical students are always constrained by time. Too little time—too much content to revise, too many papers to write, and audits to do. The medical degree is notoriously long, ranging from four to six years depending on your qualifications. Could medical degrees be shortened yet still achieve similar outcomes? A US study reported that graduates of three year medical school programmes are as well prepared for residency as those who graduate from four year programmes.1 They also had less student debt and were more likely to enter primary care fields …

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