MB PhDs

2007 working group and symposium looking at the merit and compatibility of the MB PhD scheme.

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The future of academic medicine in the UK depends on the next generation of outstanding young researchers and clinicians who will be tomorrows leaders in the field.

In 2007, in order to safeguard the number and quality of clinical academics, work was undertaken by a subcommittee of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) and Modernising Medical Careers (MMC) to create and implement new dedicated academic training programmes which were both attractive and appropriate. The Academy welcomed these developments.

Amidst the changing landscape of academic clinical training and career pathways, it should be recognised that a prestigious integrated clinical academic training programme has been in existence for over 15 years. The MB PhD programme allows a selected group of students to develop their basic science skills from BSc to PhD whilst completing their undergraduate medical education. There are currently only two UK universities with formally established MB PhD programmes, however, this model is well developed in the USA and is believed to have assisted in the emergence of US leadership in clinical science.

Given the current assimilation of new and old clinical academic training schemes, the Clinical Academic Careers Committee of the Academy of Medical Sciences considered it timely to convene a MB PhD Working Group to consider the merit and compatibility of the scheme. 

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