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Practical plus personal: a refreshing approach to careers advice by the British Society of Gastroenterology Taster Course
  1. Catriona Boyd
  1. Postgraduate Medical Education, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Catriona Boyd, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester M13 9PL, UK; catriona.boyd{at}

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One perceived benefit of a career as a doctor is that once a medical specialty is chosen, for most, a clear training pathway exists to get you there. But what is involved in the ‘there’? And do foundation doctors know enough about it before setting off down the well-trodden, and often one-way, path? Foundation doctors frequently have little exposure to the depth and breadth of a specialty,1 often being predominantly focused on ward tasks rather than gaining experience of what a consultant job entails. In my opinion, two areas stand out as being shrouded in mystery until it is almost too late. The hands on, …

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  • Contributors CB planned and conducted the work, wrote the manuscript.

  • Funding The author has not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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