Modernising medical careers
It is over six months since Modernising Medical Careers exploded onto the scene--a radical, wide ranging set of proposals that will change medical training as we currently know it. Now that the dust has settled and everyone seems to agree that it is a good idea, where do we go from here? Rhona MacDonald went to see Aidan Halligan, deputy chief medical officer for England, to find out what is happening to make the proposed foundation programmes for newly qualified doctors a reality
Aim? To have a two year foundation programme for all newly qualified doctors, which will incorporate and improve the current preregistration house officer year. Objective? To have fit for purpose doctors. Start date? August 2005.
So much to do in so little time. So can Aidan Halligan, deputy chief medical officer for England, help dispel the uninformed panic of medical students and appease educators who feel they will be dumped with more work? As he admits himself: “All that people want is delivery. They will say we have heard all this stuff before, what is different?” So I went to meet him to find out. The following is a summary of a mini tutorial he gave me on the principles of modernising medical careers and an update on the practical details on delivery.
Aidan Halligan: “I spoke to all the clinical tutors at one of the royal colleges recently. I