Career snakes and ladders
Mark Wilson offers some alternative ways to get ahead
Medicine, as I always say, is your passport--and this time I don't just mean to travel. You are embarking on a fascinating career that really knows no boundaries. You can become a clinician, an academic, jack it all in and become a businessman, get involved with politics, the media, the armed forces... the list is endless. Sounds fantastic doesn't it? But hang on, can it be that much fun? You've probably heard that some hospital specialities are highly competitive, and wondered if your CV will be good enough. Should I be doing a BSc now? Am I doing enough “extra” work? And you thought finals were going to be your biggest hurdle.
Sadly, most of what you have heard about the competition is true. There is a severe shortage of national training numbers (NTNs) in some of the more popular specialties, and in this time of formal pathways the coveted