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Bid to halt the decline in academic doctors

Bid to halt the decline in academic doctors

The BMA is calling on the Government to halt a decline in the number of doctors seeking a career in teaching and research.

In a report to the Department of Health's Modernising Medical Careers Academic Group, the association said a fifth of all places on new foundation medical training programmes should be reserved for students with an interest in academic medicine.

The BMA Medical Academic Staff Committee also called for a new certificate of research training.

Figures released earlier this year showed the number of

junior medical academics had plummeted by a quarter in three years.

Professor Michael Rees, chair of the BMA committee, said: 'We know many junior doctors don't consider academic careers simply because they aren't aware of the opportunities.'

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