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From the PublisherI thought reading this book would make my blood boil. I expected a book praising Modernising Medical Careers (MMC) and telling me how the competency assessments for foundation doctors would produce the best doctors the United Kingdom has ever seen. I was pleased to find I was wrong.(...)Fish and de Cossart are trying to make the best of MMC. They are aware that it leaves gaping holes in the education of doctors, and in response they have developed an "enrichment curriculum." This aims to help learners and teachers fulfil the MMC criteria to be competent doctors, but also to go one step further offering the depth of education needed to benefit patients and doctors.(...)We are yet to discover the fate of MMC and doctors training in the UK, but if the Department of Health and Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board are involved, someone should send them a copy of this book.
Amy Davis, BMJ editorial registrar, BMJ, London
This book offers a fresh and original approach to professional education which has a resonance well beyond the medical practitioners for whom it has been written and considerable relevance for teacher development.
(...)The authors criticise the over-reliance in post-graduate medical education on the one-way transmission of factual knowledge, and in this book they offer several alternative approaches for more exciting teaching and for more active, deeper learning. The book as a whole makes a strong case for the total re-visioning of the postgraduate medical curriculum. (...) For practitioners who want to be wise and whose vocation is to do good work on behalf of their clients, the importance of self-knowledge and of tacit knowledge is well-established, in theory if not yet always in everyday practice. But I know of no other work in which these concepts have been so fully expounded, or so convincingly illustrated and illuminated with rich and detailed examples of how they can be taught to new practitioners.
Consultant Education Adviser, KSS Deanery (Kent, Sussex and Surrey), Teacher Development
This book will be of enormous benefit for teaching and supervision and should be essential reading for anyone engaged in postgraduate medicine as learner, teacher or manager.
Annals of The Royal College of Surgeons, Autumn 2009