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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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Just lip-service to Research


I completely empathise with the views of Dr Hunt regarding audit and
clinical research. Perhaps she could take heart from the fact that there
are doctors (myself included), who have completed a dedicated period of
research overseas and have returned to the NHS only to be told that
research is not so important after all. Trainees who have remained in
clinical surgery to learn operative skills are now walking all over those
with post-graduate degrees thanks largely to the fact that Consultant
surgeons (and indeed the RCS)are incapable of making up their minds over
the real role of research expertise in surgical training.

It's less about research than a desperate attempt to justify
whimsical trainee appointments not based on any clear criteria.

Vinay P Rao

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

05 September 2006
Vinay P Rao
Unemployed following a Research Fellowship
(recently at) Mayo Clinic, USA