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Postgrad Med J 79:622-626 doi:10.1136/pmj.79.937.622
  • Review

Education of senior house officers: current challenges

  1. S Carr
  1. Department of Nephrology, Leicester General Hospital, Gwendolen Road, Leicester, LE5 4PW, UK; sue.carruhl-tr.nhs.uk
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr S Carr
 Department of Nephrology, Leicester General Hospital, Gwendolen Road, Leicester, LE5 4PW, UK; sue.carruhl-tr.nhs.uk
  • Received 6 May 2003
  • Accepted 13 June 2003

Abstract

Over recent years several factors have impacted upon the education of doctors in training in medicine and other specialties. These factors include the European Working Time Directive and shift patterns of working, increasing service demands, changes in the examination and assessment processes, and clinical governance issues. In addition, over the next few years further changes will take place with the implementation of “Modernising Medical Careers” document and the establishment of the new Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board. This article attempts to review the effects of these changes on education of junior doctors and to suggest some possible ways to address these challenges.

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