Medical students urged to go into academic careers
An organisation to tackle the fall in the number of doctors going into academic medicine has been set up by a group of medical students, backed by the Wellcome Trust.
Although last year saw a slight increase in the number of full time clinical academics, there was a decline of 8% between 2000 and 2010, from more than 3500 to fewer than 3200.
Academics fear that the increase in tuition fees will discourage medical students from taking any time out of their medical training to do further degrees in research.
The National Student Association of Medical Research aims to increase the number of doctors pursuing careers in academic research by hosting an annual conference where students will be encouraged to showcase research, as well as posting information about the academic foundation programme, current research opportunities, and prizes available to medical students.
The Medical Schools Council was not willing to forecast