UK postgraduate education: all change
Junior doctors' training in the United Kingdom is changing. New arrangements will affect current medical students, but will it make them better doctors? Adam Poole explains
Modernising Medical Careers, the British government's statement on reforming postgraduate medical training, was published in February 2003 (www.doh.gov.uk/shoconsult/shoconsultresponse.pdf). It sets out permanent changes to the grades of preregistration and senior house officer (PRHO and SHO), which will affect every doctor in the United Kingdom when the changes are fully implemented in 2004.
An intercollegiate working party has almost finished devising a new curriculum, and the first pilot scheme is due to begin this August. But outside the corridors of power and postgraduate deaneries, not much is known about new look postgraduate training. A recent survey of over 300 medical students showed that 86% didn't know about the substance of the changes.
The title for the consultation preceding Modernising Medical Careers was “Unfinished Business,” which set out by its very name the background to the problem. No one really doubted the need for reforms, especially as changes to the specialist registrar