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I just wanted to be a doctor

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 10 August 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:359

Rapid Response:

Doctor to "Auditor/Researcher Extraordinaire" ?

I agree that Tara Hunt has realistically captured the feeling of
current frustration with many trusts' obsession with select principles of
clinical governance.

I am currently stuck in the chasm between SHO and SPR grades after
having my medical career 'modernised' (ie paralysed) by current NHS
training initiatives.

I too fully understand and respect the importance of audit and
research, but have noticed how much current application forms for jobs
are heavily weighted towards these honorable concepts.

I regard myself as a dedicated and careful clinician but now feel
these qualities are very much trumped in favour of involvement in token
audit and research.

But, like many prospective SPRs with a 'modernised career', I have
learnt what is valued by prospective employers and I am now fully prepared
to transform into a researcher/auditor extraodinaire.

I do hope, that Tara Hunt is also able to undergo a similar
transformation in preparation for future employability.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

15 August 2006
SHO (Psychiatry)
St Ann's hospital, St Ann's Road, London N153TH