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The BMJ has highlighted the contribution of clinical academic trainees to clinical duties during the pandemic. It has emphasised how they brought clinical and research expertise to the Covid effort – in many cases to the detriment of their academic work and career.

The article mentions how, in spring 2020, more than 1500 clinical academic doctors in training gave up academic time and returned to clinical duties. It highlights their contributions to researching the best way to treat and prevent Covid-19. It also draws attention to current concerns as to how to support these trainees to catch up on their research and academic career progress.

Further reading:

BMJ article: Covid-19: How clinical academic trainees came back to the wards en masse

Oxford ACFs and CLs tackling COVID-19 through clinical work, research and teaching – in specialties as diverse as General Practice, Infectious Diseases, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Neurology, Urology and Cardiology

New AI COVID test development led by OUCAGS NIHR ACF