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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

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doctors and research

When i started my career as a junior doctor i had the similar kind of
thoughts and perceptions about audit and research activities as that of
Dr. Hunt's.
I felt that i just want to be a good clinician, spend more and more time
in wards, with patients, attend maximum out patient clinics, make spot
diagnosis and work up a management plan. I was happy with it.

When i did my first clinical audit, i was less enthusiastic at the
start and later i realised that this process is making sense to my
practice. If an audit is done in the field of your practice or interest,
you would enjoy it most and you would be fascinated with the data or
information you have and it will be complementing your work and also gives
you an opportunity to be better doctor. Similarly research. I understand
the importance of audit, research and publication.

It is essential for junior doctors to learn and have knowledge of
research and publications. But it should not be a cyclical obligatory
requirement to progress as a clinical or "doctor only". These cyclical
research activities should best done on one own interest.

I believe that the concept of doing an audit, publishing in every
rotation we go, would take us away from our wards, clinical
responsibility. This would compromises the patient’s care and our clinical

Hence i feel that every doctor should have a practical experience in
audit research and publications for being a better doctor, and
understanding the research activities done by others. At the same time
continuing to do these activities should be left to one own interest
rather than assessment of professional progress.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

16 August 2006
Fairoz Abdul
FY 2
Walsall PCT Lichefield street, Walsall WS1 1TE