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Does it matter that medical graduates don’t get jobs as doctors? Yes

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 01 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:990

Jobs for medical graduates

The question you have to ask is who would study for a medical degree if they knew they were not going to be able to work as a doctor afterwards. Not many I suspect as it is a long hard degree course and is not much good for any other occupation. This fact, once generally known, is going to lead to a drop in the quality of applicants. This is self defeating if the assumption is made that the competition as it is now, is good for medicine.

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06 May 2008
John G Salmon
Partner in general practice
Southmead Surgery, Farnham Common, Bucks SL2 3ER