Clinical commitment must be acknowledged in our brave new world.
Editor – As I wait with bated breath for details of the MMC
(Modernising Medical Careers) run-through training recruitment, Dr Hart’s
desire to be credited for her clinical role strikes a serious chord.
The publish or die culture not only distracts trainees from clinical
care, but also fails to produce high quality research and audit. I fear
that national, on-line selection will reward those who cobble together
references regardless of substance and at the expense of concentration on
the wards. This is unlikely to recruit the best doctors.
Clinical commitment and the quality of research or audit undertaken
must be acknowledged in our brave new world. The Foundation Programme
clinical assessment tools (CBD, DOPs, and mini-CEX) are time-consuming and
yet, in their current format, of questionable value and no long-term
consequence. Could they not be refined to reliably differentiate
trainees’ clinical capability and contribute towards interview selection?
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