Does it take too long to become a doctor?

Sophie McNamara
Med J Aust 2012; 196 (8): 528-530. || doi: 10.5694/mja12.10619

For this two-part series, the MJA interviewed various stakeholders about the length of medical education. This first part focuses on the pathway before vocational training.

When Dr Gavin Sandercoe watched one of the first open-heart operations on television as a young child, he knew he wanted to become a surgeon. He got straight into undergraduate medicine at the University of Sydney when he was 17 but, although he didn’t take any time off from his studies, he wasn’t a fully qualified surgeon until 17 years later, at age 34, in 2008.

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  • Sophie McNamara

  • doi: 10.5694/mja12.10619


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All direct quotations and paraphrased comments are based on personal interviews


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