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Letters Medical doctor apprenticeships in the UK

Doctor apprenticeships risk return to a two tier medical system

BMJ 2023; 383 doi: (Published 17 November 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;383:p2655
  1. Maxwell J Cooper, senior lecturer in primary care and general practitioner
  1. Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Falmer BN1 9PH, UK
  1. m.cooper{at}

Nusrath asks for clarification about the new doctor apprenticeship scheme.1 Undergraduate apprenticeships will provide opportunities for students to learn medicine that is grounded in communities, primary care, and prevention.2 This longitudinal learning is essential for students to recognise the contribution of primary care to strong healthcare systems.3 By creating divergent training pathways, however, apprenticeships risk a …

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