I came across this video, which presents a scenario for the future of Leicester Medical School via AJCann. Medical students at Leicester worked on a 3 week SSC project in August 2009 that provided training on how to collaborate to prepare future scenarios, assess their plausibility, construct arguments about the future and present their ideas creatively. This video was produced by Kate Charles, one of the students, and presents a scenario which sees Leicester Medical School turned into a car park in 2020!
Whilst I don’t think we’ll see medical schools converted into hospital car parks the video does raise very real issues. Kate highlights that medical students are likely to face a bottleneck of jobs in the future and that they need to stay ahead of the game and not miss out on a job beacuse they lack the necessary experience. A similar point was made in a comment that DundeeChest made in response to a post made by one of our second year students on the DundeeChest blog ‘Will we all become GPs?‘
There will be fewer jobs in the future, there’s no doubt. But I think you’re missing a vital point – there will be fewer ‘everythings’. Fewer consultants, fewer GPs both. We train too many doctors, the government is reducing the numbers of doctors in training, and thus the numbers of senior doctors will fall also. The predicament your generation finds itself in is how to make sure that you are in the top xx % of your peers, to ensure that you are the one that gets the job – be it in General Practice, or Secondary care.
With the current economic climate and uncertainty about the levels of public spending post the General Election how else might medical education be affected? Last November at the NHS – HE forum, it was concerning to hear the CEO of a district general hospital (DGH) in the north of England say that they were not sure whether DGHs could sustain their role of teaching and training medical students in the future because of affordability issues. DGHs make a very valuable contribution to undergraduate medical education. Is anyone discussing the implications of this possible scenario on medical education and the training of future doctors?