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Career specialty choices of UK medical graduates of 2015 compared with earlier cohorts: questionnaire surveys
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    Response to: "Career specialty choices of UK medical graduates of 2015 compared with earlier cohorts: questionnaire surveys". A medical student perspective.

    Dear authors,

    Your recent report titled “Career specialty choices of UK medical graduates of 2015 compared with earlier cohorts: questionnaire surveys”(1) provided a thought-provoking read.

    As highlighted in your report, the uptake in training for specialties such as general practice continues to remain low. I strongly agree that in order to address this it is necessary to identify the factors that determine career choice in junior doctors. Furthermore, to encourage doctors to peruse undersubscribed specialties, it may be useful to identify the stage in training that the foundations of career choice are made. This may provide an opportunity to spark interest about these low uptake specialties in doctors who are still open minded about their future career.

    Your report demonstrates that even very early on in training, many doctors have a definite choice about their future specialty (1). Data collected from students at Brighton and Sussex medical school demonstrated that specialty choice is highly influenced by student’s experiences at medical school (2). I am a fourth year medical student, currently rotating through these various specialty placements and beginning to realistically consider my own personal career options. I too believe that the clinical phase of medical school may hold a unique window to motivate students to become interested in those undersubscribed specialties.

    Earlier this year a cohort study at the University of Dundee showed t...

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