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2011-11-11 14:22:02

BMJ Careers: Rotas exempted from 48 hour limit now compliant Most of the 300 doctors in training rotas exempted from the 48 hour limit on working time imposed by the European Working Time Directive (EWTD) are now compliant, according to a report by BMJ Careers today. Rotas at 77 hospital trusts in England were "derogated" from the EWTD when it was introduced in August 2009, allowing them to operate at a maximum of 52 hours a week instead of 48 hours until 31 July 2011. A total of 57...

2011-05-17 11:52:15

Readiness for legally literate medical practice? Student perceptions of their undergraduate medico-legal education Most medical students feel they lack the skills and legal knowledge required to challenge poor clinical practice and promote better patient care, reveals research published ahead of print in the Journal of Medical Ethics. This suggests more time and emphasis needs to be put on legal skills in the formal medical curriculum and that these need to be practised and honed during...

2011-03-23 13:31:55

Research: Impact of reduction in working hours for doctors in training on postgraduate medical education and patients' outcomes: systematic review Reducing doctors' working hours from over 80 a week does not seem to have adversely affected patient safety and has had limited impact on postgraduate training in the United States, finds a study published on bmj.com today. Further work is now needed to assess the impact of reducing hours to 48 a week in Europe, say the authors. There has been a...

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2010-08-10 09:35:00

Survey of medical students at University of Michigan and University of Wisconsin-Madison shows strong interest in role-playing and strategy games for doctor training Today's students were raised with a digital mouse in their hands. So it should be no surprise that a majority of medical school students surveyed say video games and virtual reality environments could help them become better doctors. A reported 98 percent of medical students surveyed at the University of Michigan and University...

2010-07-07 12:49:03

Research: Medical graduates' early career choices of specialty and their eventual specialty destinations: UK prospective cohort studies Specialist medical training programmes should retain some flexibility to help trainee doctors make the right career choices, according to a study published on bmj.com today. Some UK medical graduates choose a specialty as soon as they qualify and others after a few years of postgraduate work. But changes to postgraduate medical training mean that junior...

2009-09-23 08:02:57

People admitted to English hospitals in an emergency on the first Wednesday in August have, on average, a six percent higher mortality rate than people admitted on the previous Wednesday, according to research published in PLoS ONE September 22. Newly qualified junior doctors start their new positions in NHS hospitals in England on the first Wednesday in August. The authors of the study, from the Dr Foster Unit and the Department of Acute Medicine at Imperial College London, say the excess...

2009-09-06 12:38:12

More than 100 doctors in the Australian state of Queensland say their long work hours leave them dangerously exhausted. The Brisbane Courier Mail said in its Monday edition that the Queensland doctors reported their troublesome working conditions in a confidential survey and one doctor admitted the strain has resulted in some patient deaths. We are killing people, and that's the truth, an anonymous surgical registrar said in the survey. Nearly 60 percent of the Queensland doctors surveyed...

2008-09-02 00:00:28

By Yvonne Cook The Open University is supporting a new medical school in Ethiopia that's also providing a base for distance learning. Yvonne Cook reports Ethiopia has a population of 84 million people, and fewer than 1,800 qualified doctors. Many people, particularly the poor, cannot get access to a doctor when they need one. The Ethiopian government is making strenuous efforts to improve the situation; it has plans to create 11 new medical schools with 8,000 new places over the next two...

2008-07-02 06:01:01

RESEARCHERS at Warwick Medical School have found that reducing the hours of junior doctors does not compromise patients' safety Their study found it could even dramatically cut mistakes on wards. The research, carried out at Coventry's University Hospital in 2007, was being presented today at an NHS conference in London by Francesco P Cappuccio, professor of cardiovascular medicine at Warwick Medical School. (c) 2008 Coventry Evening Telegraph. Provided by ProQuest Information and...

2005-06-16 10:55:00

The European working time directive may put doctors' and patients' lives at risk, warn experts in this week's BMJ. Introduced in August 2004, it aims to reduce working hours in order to improve workers' health and safety, but the current NHS shift system could threaten doctors' and, moreover, patients' safety, argue Professor Roy Pounder and colleagues. Junior doctors' working hours are now limited to a shift of no more than 13 hours followed by a break of at least 11 hours. But a survey in...


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