Impartial careers advice for doctors and medical students
The BMJ careers advice zone may help fill the gap
- By: Rhona MacDonald, Graham Easton
Research recently published by BMJ Careers adds to the growing evidence of what we intuitively knew already: the majority of medical students and doctors in training are dissatisfied with the careers advice and guidance they receive. Informing Choices: the Need for Career Advice in Medical Training reports on the views and experiences of 1740 doctors and medical students working in England (see further information for more details).
Other studies, such as the BMA cohort study that reports on careers paths and experiences of doctors who graduated in 1995, confirms that this dissatisfaction is a United Kingdom wide phenomenon.1
As one of the authors of Informing Choices, Charles Jackson, said, “We werent surprised to find out that the respondents to the survey wanted better career advice and support. That had already been well documented by previous research. We set out to find out how that support was currently being provided and