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Neel Sharma: Reforms in medical education—are we missing something?

22 May, 15 | by BMJ

Medical education has seen significant change over the past decade and more. Advances in teaching, learning, and assessment strategies are vast. The didactic lecture form of teaching is no longer the flavour of the month it seems with more and more emphasis on problem and team based learning. Classrooms are seeing the use of mobile devices to allow for rapid learner access to information and instructors are now tasked with the need not to simply disseminate information but to ensure understanding and provide appropriate feedback. Classes are being “flipped” and the MOOC movement has meant that attending face to face teaching is slowly becoming a non-existing entity. more…

Daniel Barrett: Will a seven day NHS push primary care recruitment from crisis to catastrophe?

20 May, 15 | by BMJ

I listened with personal interest as the new conservative government re-launched its grand plan to deliver a “seven day health service.” In a little over a year I will be beginning life as a junior doctor along with thousands of others, all starting to question where our careers are heading. The answer for many of us could well be tied up inextricably with the fate of the “seven day NHS.” more…

Neel Sharma: Getting the right medical students comes with time

13 May, 15 | by BMJ

Last month, Richard Schwartzstein authored his perspective on poor communication skills among medical students and beyond (1). I read this with great interest and wanted to share my insights as a doctor in training. In the UK, it was also noted that allegations about doctors’ communication skills had risen by 69 per cent in the last year and complaints about lack of respect by 45 per cent (2). Whilst we may attempt to screen out those poor communicators early on as Richard highlights, I am not sure if this is truly beneficial. more…

Marika Davies: Medical students and social media

30 Apr, 15 | by BMJ

marika_daviesAnyone who has taught medical students in recent years will be familiar with the sight of students appearing more interested in the screens of their laptops, tablets, or mobile phones. While they may, of course, be using their devices to take notes, there is always the suspicion that they are in fact sending text messages or improving their Candy Crush score.

But the educational opportunities that digital technologies also provide are developing fast. This year’s Institute of Medical Ethics conference “Ethics in a digital age” identified that teachers are often left catching up with medical students who have grown up as digital natives. more…

Sanna W Khawaja: At a crossroads in medical training

17 Mar, 15 | by BMJ

sanna_khawajaI am in the recruitment stage between interviews and offers. At this moment in time, when I look to August I can see myself as both in training and not in training. I can see myself as employed and as unemployed. Perhaps it is the task of ranking potential future jobs, or the desire to avoid this task, that has me thinking very seriously about my future as a doctor in the NHS.

When I took a year out after foundation training, it had been for a number of reasons. Yes, part of it was the desire to gain more experience, to travel, to work abroad, and to finally pick a specialty to commit to. But perhaps, more importantly, it was a chance to step off of the conveyor belt of medical training and re-examine my choices so far. more…

Aditya J Nanavati: Are Indian medical students pessimistic about participating in research?

7 Jan, 15 | by BMJ

Aditya J NanavatiI recently completed my residency in general surgery. Towards the end of my residency, I was introduced to the world of research and publishing. Far from knowing it all, the more I explore this world, the more I realize that I should have been introduced to it much earlier.

I believe I speak for the average medical student in India when I say that the world of research publishing is something that we are overawed by. It is assumed that only great physicians can participate in and publish their research. I can say with sufficient confidence that rarely will you meet medical students who imagine they can do the same someday. It is looked upon as an elite club where entry is extremely difficult, if not impossible. Why is this so? more…

Samir Dawlatly: Would I make it through medical school these days?

18 Dec, 14 | by BMJ

I specialised at being a university student. I didn’t graduate from medical school until I was 30, for a variety of reasons, despite the fact that I first set foot in the hallowed halls at the age of 19. Only one of those years was spent recovering from illness. Aside from giving me the chance to grow up, meet my future wife, and learn how to be a junior doctor, it also gave me the opportunity to make lots of mistakes. more…

Sanna W Khawaja: An NHS full of secret agents

2 Dec, 14 | by BMJ

sanna_khawajaWhile I enjoy the occasional spy movie, I always find myself irritated at the protagonist, who very often spends the film focused on a mission with little or no knowledge of the “bigger picture.” Quite often he or she knows little about the organisation they work for, and, at times, they even accidentally end up in a gun fight with their own colleagues.

I was mid-rant about these “secret agents” when it recently dawned on me that I too have been trained like a secret agent (albeit without the martial arts). more…

Julie Browne: Why do some clinical supervisors become bullies?

28 Oct, 14 | by BMJ

Julie BrowneThe literature on bullying in the medical workplace makes disturbing reading. In the General Medical Council’s 2013 national training survey, 13.2% of respondents said that they had been victims of bullying and harassment in their posts, nearly one in five had seen someone else being bullied or harassed, and over a quarter had experienced “undermining” (unfair or belittling treatment). more…

Yvonne Obura: Female genital cutting—improving doctors’ awareness

17 Oct, 14 | by BMJ

UK PM David Cameron attends the 'Girl Summit 2014' in London.Female genital cutting (FGC) or mutilation (FGM) is the removal or injury of the external female genitalia for non-medical purposes. It is estimated that 125 million women and girls worldwide are currently living with the effects of FGC, and a further 30 million girls are at risk of being cut within the next decade.

According to a recent study, 137 000 women and girls living in England and Wales have undergone FGC. Since 2008, around 1.5% of all women giving birth in England and Wales had undergone FGC, of which 60% originated from the Horn of Africa. more…

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