Does it take too long to become a doctor?

Matthew H Anstey
Med J Aust 2012; 197 (3): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.10934
Published online: 6 August 2012

To the Editor: On a similar topic to the recent series by McNamara on the length of medical education,1,2 a provocative piece published earlier in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggested that medical training could be shortened by 30% in the United States, without detriment to clinical skills.3 The reality is that there is a paucity of evidence for the ideal duration of training to create competent clinicians.4

  • Matthew H Anstey

  • Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Mass, USA.


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