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What is the future for training overseas graduates?

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7256.307 (Published 29 July 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:307

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Sentenced before Trial

Those who have suffered from PLAB bites, entered the UK and found no
emolients but continued degradation in posts unsuitable to their capacity,
need to take control of self-ideals.

The burden of not being the right face colour, nor speaking in the
right accent and placing blame on "culture" is not your burden alone.

The culture shock is facing degrading manoeuvres from great UK
institutions and detrimental, prejudicial behaviour from supervisors.

Equally, the PLAB entrant has to learn the technique of "speaking" to
be heard, remain unfearful and retain self-worth, dignity and disgard the
image of "work-dog". YOU ARE A TRAINED DOCTOR WHO NEEDS NURTURE, RESPECT
AND VALUE TO FLOURISH AND OBTAIN YOUR POTENTIAL.

The partnership should be fair and square: Clinical supervisors and
educators distribute knowledge, training and value in equal copious
amounts - even though the trainee is the green-eyed being from Mars (also
outside the UK, but may hail a better response, and would avoid the PLAB
sting!) and the natural response of the Trainee would be to retain
commitment, develop mutual relationships and take pride in a valued
department.

The UK Institutions and Trainers are taking on the ambassadors of
other countries. Spreading unhealthy misery by the current experience of
PLAB trainees, does not invest in a bright future. USA and Canada work on
merit, immediate arbitration for discriminatory behaviour and ownership
for acheivement.

Is the English training system fair to all humanity or just providing
a prejudicial sentence before trial.

Competing interests: No competing interests

03 August 2000
Rani Pal
Consultant Paediatrician
UK