Students need better preparation for work
- By: Irina Haivas
Many newly qualified UK doctors think that medical school did not prepare them well for their work after graduation, researchers at the University of Oxford found in a study published in the BMJ (2003;326:1011-2).
Michael Goldacre and colleagues surveyed all doctors who qualified in the United Kingdom in 1999 and a quarter of the UK qualifiers of 2000. When asked whether the doctors agreed that medical school had equipped them well for the jobs they did, 41% of participants disagreed and only 36% agreed. The doctors stated that medical education had not offered them enough exposure to basic problems in practice or enough emphasis on real life situations. Some doctors also claimed that the time spent shadowing the preregistration house officers before starting to work had been too short, but they acknowledged the good quality of the factual training they had received in medical school.
The study also found that