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What is the future for training overseas graduates?

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 29 July 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:307

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Train the trainees.

I thank Sridhar and Welsh for highlighting an important area of
concern, namely that of training oversees doctors[1,2].

It is my opinion that we should be follwoig the lead of other
countries, like the United States, that offer training fellowships. Here
doctors arrive to learn specific skills, core skills are taken to have
already been acquired.

On comleteing the training, which is usaully around three years,
trainees are equipped with skills useful abroad. This is a contrast to
doctors in the United Kindom whom must climb the ladder towards a
specilist registrar post; a job which is also difficult to attain.

Such fellwoships would then have specific educational aims. Doctors
requring 'full' training would need to join a 'residency scheme' where
basic core skills would be taught. In this way training would be tailored
and more beneficial.

1. Sridhar MK. What is the future for overseas graduates? BMJ
2. Welsh C. Training overseas doctors in the United Kingdom BMJ

Competing interests: No competing interests

01 August 2000
Asrar Rashid
Specialist Paediatric registrar
Birmingham Heartlands Hospital