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Recruitment, Education, and Training

Anne Digby

in The Evolution of British General Practice, 1850–1948

Published in print June 1999 | ISBN: 9780198205135
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676512 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205135.003.0003
Recruitment, Education, and Training

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This chapter shows that in the case of general practice education was a poor training for later professional survival, being geared toward the needs of specialists. This was because of the power of specialists in teaching hospitals, and their dominant membership on the General Medical Council (GMC), which was responsible for issuing guidelines for medical education. Strong on academic cramming, but weak on training in the practicalities needed by generalists, medical education gave few clues about how to survive the conditions likely to be experienced after graduation, whilst the lengthy nature of education itself inhibited adjustment to changing market conditions.

Keywords: physicians; medical training; medical education; general practice; medical school

Chapter.  12776 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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