Why would anyone be an academic?

Ajay Rane and Caroline de Costa
Med J Aust 2007; 187 (6): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2007.tb01297.x
Published online: 17 September 2007

To the Editor: Two recent articles in the Journal touch on the current plight of medical academics. Hays emphasises the need to reassert the role of teaching in academic medicine — otherwise, “our aim to produce safer, more efficient doctors will be under threat”.1 Joyce and colleagues outline the projected increase in the number of graduates from Australian medical schools, although their concern is more for the post-graduate careers of these young doctors than for their initial clinical training.2

  • Ajay Rane1
  • Caroline de Costa2

  • 1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, James Cook University, Townsville, QLD.
  • 2 Cairns Base Hospital, Cairns, QLD.



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