Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Making It in British Medicine: Essential Guidance for International Doctors

Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Making It in British Medicine: Essential Guidance for International Doctors

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4. Making it in British medicine: essential guidance for international doctors By Sabina Dosani and Peter Cross. Published by Radcliffe Medical Press, Oxford, 2004. Paperback 164pp. Price £21.95 ISBN 1-85775-610-X

The term 'international doctors' used in the title of this book is an interesting misnomer, because it excludes white British doctors. It is coined by young Asian British doctors. In the 1960s about 18,000 mainly Asian doctors came to work in Britain. The native English doctors called them Overseas doctors', which they reluctantly accepted but their children did not.

While this term may soon fade, the message in this book will last a long time. The book contains pearls of wisdom, about the ways to study and work in Britain, for the doctors from Asian or other countries who may be planning to come and those who are already here.

The British National Health Service is unique in the world. It is free to the tax payers at the point of delivery and it employs one million health workers, making it the largest health employer. The medical education is in English and given in British-style medical colleges in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong (China) and some African countries. …

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