How important is it to publish during your time at medical school?
Caroline replies . . .
In professional life—whether as a doctor or a psychologist—it is vital that you are clear about the limits of your knowledge. So when this question landed in my inbox, although I had a few thoughts, I wanted to garner the opinion of an academic clinician who would have a much more nuanced understanding of the key issues.
The old adage “if you want to get something done, ask a busy person” came to mind, so I emailed Jeremy Levy, consultant nephrologist, director of clinical academic training for Imperial College Academic Health science centre and clinical lead for Health Education North West London (among many other responsibilities). As expected—he came up trumps.
The first point that Professor Levy made was that if students want to apply for the academic foundation programme they will need evidence of academic excellence. Obviously degree class and academic prizes in