Thread: F1 specialities?
05-06-2007, 02:58 AM #11
1) are junior doctors really going to know which specialty they want to be committed to for life by F2? i dont think so, as this will largely be based on experience at medical school, and one gets very varied exposure. for example, i want to do surgery but am yet to do a general surgery (as in gastro surgery) firm - although i have done breast and endocrine.
2) It is necessary to have an exposure to general medicine and surgery before specialising. without this rounded knowledge, mistakes will be made - it is why we don't train medics and surgeons in seperate institutions. This should not be lost in training. You have to have exposure to the wider aspects of the specialty before closing in on your career.
Remember, overall we are shortening training. We are not going to spend longer in our speciality of choice as an ST/SpR, but will not have had the benefits of more general exposure. I strongly feel you need to learn to walk before you run.Marc
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