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Doctors as mentors: the need for career guidance during medical school
  1. Luamar Dolfini
  1. St. Georges University of London, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Luamar Dolfini, St. Georges University of London, London SW17 ORE, UK; m1503711{at}

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I’d like to thank Conyers and Wright1 for their intriguing article which reflects on the principles of design thinking when applied to career decisions in medicine. I’d like to touch on a few salient discussion points that are relevant to us medical students and our medical educators, particularly as we reach our senior years and face the first few of many life-changing decisions.

As a senior medical student soon to decide what foundation programme rotations I’d like to apply for, I am faced for the first time with decisions which will begin to shape my career. As junior doctors, our rotations will be our first exposure to the reality of every-day medicine, where we will have the opportunity to work in the specialties we most enjoyed during medical school. The next 2 years will be a funnelling process where particular experiences will rule specialties in or out as …

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  • Contributors LD provided the idea for the letter and wrote the letter.

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  • Competing interests None declared.

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