News in brief: January 2010
Medical graduates are poorly prepared to work in hospitals, research in the Postgraduate Medical Journal has shown (2009;85:582-9, doi:10.1136/pgmj.2008.071639). More than 200 specialist registrars and consultants at two teaching hospitals in the East Midlands were asked to score how well prepared first year junior doctors were for work, six months after graduation.
In eight of the 11 assessment areas, the trainees in the first foundation year “were seen as not prepared for starting work, especially in regard to clinical and practical skills and the more challenging communication skills.” They did best in asking for help and in basic communication skills.
The study, which said its findings gave “cause for concern,” was carried out by researchers from the University of Nottingham Queens Medical Centre (www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5hoSU7XfuTNjGNEvAtYLw1BCw-3qQ).
Female doctors working in the UK National Health Service earn more than £15 000 (€16 500; $24 500) less than male doctors, a report from the BMA has found.