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Med Teach. 2017 May 9:1-5. doi: 10.1080/0142159X.2017.1322192. [Epub ahead of print]

Twelve tips for choosing and surviving a PhD in medical education - a student perspective.

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a Academic Unit of Medical Education , The University of Sheffield , Sheffield , UK.


The decision to undertake a PhD in medical education could mark a critical point in defining your future career. Attaining the highest level of degree in such a diverse and rewarding area as medical education may not only provide you with an opportunity to undertake important new research, but could also unlock different job opportunities. As is often the case, such rewards are not gained lightly. There can be real challenges in making the decision to undertake and then to successfully navigate a PhD. The specific subject and process of each doctorate is unique, leaving many prospective and current students uncertain as to what to expect. We offer our twelve tips from the perspective of two current PhD students to help guide those who share our interest in medical education and are considering doctoral study.

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