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Cambridge.University.Press.Learning.Medicine.How.to.Become.and.Remain.a.Good.Doctor.Jan.2008 Learning MedicineEighteenth Edition: How to Become and Remain a Good DoctorLearning Medicine is a must-read for anyone thinking of a career in medicine, orwho is already in the training process and wants to understand and explore thevarious options and alternatives along the way. Whatever your background,whether you are school-leaver or mature student, if you are interested in findingout more about becoming and being a good doctor, this is the book for you.In continuous publication since 1983, and now in its eighteenth edition,Learning Medicine provides the most current, honest and informative source ofessential knowledge combined with pragmatic guidance.Learning Medicine describes medical school courses, explains Foundation yearsand outlines the wide range of specialty choices allowing tomorrow’s doctors todecide about their future careers; but it also goes further to consider the privilegeand responsibility of being a doctor, providing food for thought and reflectionthroughout a long and rewarding career.From reviews of previous editions:“This little volume contains everything that is required by the aspirant in medicaltraining and also answers questions that probably would not be thought about.Particularly valuable are the details of specialisation and the requirements for this.This little volume is a must for all students (and their parents!).”Scottish Medical Journal “Wise, well observed and accurate (not to mention funny!). Rather than just tellingyou how to get into medical school – this book asks you the much more importantquestion: “Will you enjoy it?”” Foundation Year 1 Doctor “…provides a very objective and balanced up-to-date analysis of both medical schooland medicine as a career. It not only gives the potential medical student invaluableinformation about what medical school is really like from day to day, and the careersit could lead to, but also help with decisions such as “is medicine for me?” and “howdo I get in?”.” UCL Medical Student Clinical Year 2 “To read this is to be warned, informed and educated – a very useful piece of ground-work before even applying to medical school.” GP and GP TrainerLearning MedicineHow to Become and Remain a Good DoctorEighteenth EditionPeter Richards MA MD PhD FRCP FMEDSCIPast President, Hughes Hall, CambridgeSimon Stockill BSc(Hons)MB BS DCH MRCGPGeneral Practitioner, LeedsRosalind Foster BABarrister at Law, 2 Temple Gardens, LondonElizabeth Ingall BA MB BChirFoundation Year 1 DoctorWith cartoons by the late Larryand a foreword by Sir Roger BannisterCAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESSCambridge, New York, Melbourne, Madrid, Cape Town, Singapore, São PauloCambridge University PressThe Edinburgh Building, Cambridge CB2 8RU, UKFirst published in print formatISBN-13 978-0-521-70967-5ISBN-13 978-0-511-37868-3© P. Richards, S. Stockill, R. Foster and E. Ingall 2008Every effort has been made in preparing this publication to provide accurate and up-to-date information which is in accord with accepted standards and practice at the time ofpublication.Although case histories are drawn from actual cases,every effort has been made to disguise the identities ofthe individuals involved.Nevertheless,the authors, editors,and publishers can make no warranties that the information contained herein is totally free from error,not least because clinical standards are constantly changing through research and regulation.The authors,editors,and publishers therefore disclaim all liabilityfor direct or consequential damages resulting from the use ofmaterial contained in thispublication.Readers are strongly advised to pay careful attention to information providedby the manufacturer ofany drugs or equipment that they plan to use.2007Information on this title: www.cambridge.org/9780521709675This publication is in copyright. Subject to statutory exception and to the provision of relevant collective licensing agreements, no reproduction of any part may take place without the written permission of Cambridge University Press.Cambridge University Press has no responsibility for the persistence or accuracy of urls for external or third-party internet websites referred to in this publication, and does not guarantee that any content on such websites is, or will remain, accurate or appropriate.Published in the United States of America by Cambridge University Press, New Yorkwww.cambridge.orgeBook (NetLibrary)paperbackTo spirited students, dedicated doctors, and courageous and forbearing patients – all of whom have helped us to learn medicine.With our special thanks to all those (students of several medical schools, a patient, anda BBC TV producer) who have each contributed their piece to this book – Tom Alport,Chloe-Maryse Baxter, Michael Brady, Sarah Cooper, Sarah Edwards, Adam Harrison,Farhad Islam, Liz James, Grace Robinson, Susan Spindler, Brenda Strachan, HelenaWatson, Lynne Harris, David Carter, Sarah Vepers – and particularly to the late Larry,who most generously breathed life into a “worthy cause”, and to his widow, who hasnot only kindly given us permission to continue to use the original cartoons but also touse some not previously included. We also gratefully acknowledge the assistance ofDr Aneil Malhotra in the updating of this 18th edition.vContentsForeword page ixPreface xi1 Why medicine and why not? 12 Opportunity and reality 133 Requirements for entry 274 Choosing a medical school 495 Application and selection 666 Interviews 767 Medical school: the early years 838 Medical school: the later years 1019 Doubts 12210 The new doctor 13011 Developing your career 14312 Career opportunities 15613 Privileges and responsibilities: avoiding the pitfalls 175Postscript 211Appendices 215Index 227viiForewordBy Sir Roger Bannister, CBE DM FRCPThe authors between them have more or less seen it all. This book gives avivid, and fair picture of medical student life and what is involved in becom-ing a doctor. There is fun and esprit de corps; hard work and even drudgery.It is also about what it means to be a doctor: the privileges and responsi-bilities; and about career options and pathways.If, after carefully considering the issues raised here, you choose medicineand if you are successful in getting a place at medical school, you will be onthe threshold of one profession, above all others, acknowledged all over theworld to have brought the greatest advances and the greatest benefits tomankind. Medicine has fascination; it has diversity.For 40 years I have been a neurologist and have never for one day lost thefeeling of exhilaration of solving a new clinical problem. Medicine has hap-pily been the core of my life. Study and reflect on this book and medicinemight, or might not, become the core of yours too.ix . Learning MedicineEighteenth Edition: How to Become and Remain a Good DoctorLearning Medicine is a must-read for anyone thinking of a career in medicine, . before even applying to medical school.” GP and GP Trainer Learning MedicineHow to Become and Remain a Good DoctorEighteenth EditionPeter Richards MA MD PhD
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