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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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