BMA does not support shortening medical training
- By: Helen Barratt
Further research is needed before the BMA will endorse the shortening of medical degree courses. In a new report, the association explores the provision of shortened degree courses and concludes that a full evaluation is needed before any changes are made.
The government's NHS Plan for England published last year proposed a one year reduction in the length of both the graduate and undergraduate medical courses in order to address the current shortfall of doctors. The BMA report acknowledges that shortening courses would be one way of achieving this but suggests that increasing the number of medical school places available, widening access by revising selection criteria, and providing financial support are equally important.
There are currently four medical schools running graduate entry programmes and the BMA recommends that these courses should be fully evaluated before any changes are introduced.
It says that shortening undergraduate programmes poses a bigger challenge, largely