The duty of care of the occupational physician in assessing job applicants.
Where an occupational physician carries out a medical assessment of a job applicant, he or she owes a duty to the employer but not to the applicant, unless actual physical harm is caused. If the applicant is unsuccessful as a result of an assessment which is alleged to be negligent, he or she cannot sue the physician. This is essentially because (i) the relationship between the physician and the applicant is insufficiently close, and (ii) the physician might be faced with a conflict of interest since differing duties might be owed to the employer and to the applicant. (+info)
A guide to planning careers in hematology and oncology.
Numerous opportunities exist for successful careers in the fields of hematology and oncology. Trainees must choose between dedicated training in one or both disciplines, and between careers in private practice or academic medicine. Individuals who favor academic careers must decide between patient-oriented clinical investigation and laboratory research. This article addresses the factors that influence these decisions and inform trainees about critical elements of the training experience that foster successful career development in academic medicine and private practice. Counsel on employment opportunities is provided along with advice on evaluating the merits of employment offers. (+info)
Genetic discrimination and mental illness: a case report.
With advances in genetic technology, there are increasing concerns about the way in which genetic information may be abused, particularly in people at increased genetic risk of developing certain disorders. In a recent case in Hong Kong, the court ruled that it was unlawful for the civil service to discriminate in employment, for the sake of public safety, against people with a family history of mental illness. The plaintiffs showed no signs of any mental health problems and no genetic testing was performed. This was the first case concerning genetic discrimination in common law jurisdictions, therefore the court's judgment has implications for how genetic discrimination cases may be considered in the future. The court considered it inappropriate to apply population statistics or lifetime risks to individuals while examining fitness for work. It recommended an individualised assessment of specific risks within the job, relative to other risks posed by that workplace. (+info)
So you want to be a specialist registrar?--What to put in your CV.
Dentists applying to a specialist training programme often receive conflicting advice over what to put in their curriculum vitae (CV). We conducted a survey of the Training Programme Directors of the dental specialties to determine what aspects of CV content and presentation styles are considered important. This has allowed us to construct guidelines for what to put in a CV. Recently, structured application forms have become increasingly popular and may be a more objective way to carry out the shortlisting process. The guidelines presented could also be used as a framework for medical personnel departments if structured application forms eventually replace the CV. (+info)
An audit of job application forms in response to adverts in the British Medical Journal.
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to examine the speed of response of human resources departments to requests for job application forms for posts advertised in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Of particular interest was the closing date for applications, postage cost, and the period to reply. DESIGN: Twenty posts were randomly selected and application forms requested by telephone and then 20 by letter on two separate dates from the BMJ Classified (issues of 21 July 2001 and 28 July 2001). During the first week the forms were requested by telephone on receipt of the BMJ (Friday afternoon). During the second week the forms were requested by first class post. All letters were sent out on Saturday morning. OUTCOME MEASURES: The date of receipt of the application form/information pack, the cost of postage, and the closing date for application were recorded for each position. RESULTS: Fifteen forms were received after the telephone application and 18 forms after the letter applications. One trust sent two replies spaced one week apart for the same job and two replies contained job application forms for the wrong job. The response rates to telephone requests varied from four to 10 days and by letter from three to 12 days. The minimum time between the reply being received and the closing date was one day, and the maximum 21 days. The time between the closing date for applications and the start date of the job varied from minus one week (closing date before advertisement) to three months. Thirteen replies gave no indication of the start date of the job. The cost of postage varied from 27p to pound 1.90. Thirty one trusts used first class postage. CONCLUSION: There is very limited scope to return job application forms on time, and significant delays in sending out application forms and information packs compound this problem. It is recommended that trust human resources departments place advertisements early and respond promptly to requests for application forms. (+info)
How to get on a SpR rotation in emergency medicine (and make the most of it).
Emergency medicine is now proving a popular specialty in the United Kingdom. A recent report ranks emergency medicine second in specialties attracting the most applications for specialist registrar (SpR) interview. Numbered posts are becoming increasingly competitive as a result. This paper offers advice to aspiring emergency department SpRs. It identifies areas in which a curriculum vitae may be improved. It should also enable emergency department trainees to set objectives for their early SpR years. (+info)
Is there value in routinely obtaining a report from the general practitioner as part of pre-entry health screening of students for nursing studies?
BACKGROUND: Reports from general practitioners (GPs) are requested on applicants for nurse training, but there is no published evidence of the merit of this practice. AIMS: To assess the benefit of GP report in health assessments of student nurse applicants. METHODS: An audit was made of information obtained by health declaration form (HDF), nurse's assessment, GP report and, when performed, a physician's assessment for each applicant. Agreement between the health questionnaire and GP report was analysed by kappa statistics. RESULTS: Of 254 applicants, 246 (97%) were declared 'fit to work', four (1.6%) were deemed 'fit with restrictions' and four (1.6%) were considered 'unfit to work'. The most common problems declared were psychiatric and skin problems. The agreement between health declaration and the information provided by GPs was classed as almost perfect for diabetes and only fair to moderate for all other measures. The reports provided additional information on problems not declared by applicants, but all of these were passive problems. The four unfit candidates all had psychiatric illness, but in all cases the occupational health assessment was sufficient to make this decision or to request further information. In the 'fit with restrictions' category, three of the four GP reports (75%) helped in correctly assigning the applicants to this category. In one of these eight cases a passive problem had not been declared. CONCLUSIONS: The additional information in GP reports does not affect the conclusion regarding fitness for training in most cases and does not provide sufficient information to merit it being sought routinely. (+info)
A new selection system to recruit general practice registrars: preliminary findings from a validation study.
OBJECTIVE: To design and validate a new competency based selection system to recruit general practice registrars, comprising a competency based application form, referees' reports, and an assessment centre. DESIGN: Longitudinal predictive validity study and a matched case comparison. SETTING: South Yorkshire and East Midlands region, United Kingdom, comprising three deaneries. PARTICIPANTS: 46 of 167 doctors were followed up in training after three months in practice, and 20 general practice trainers were selected by using traditional recruitment methods. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Trainer ratings of trainee performance in practice on targeted competencies. RESULTS: Performance ratings of targeted competencies at the assessment centre predicted trainer ratings of performance in the job. Furthermore, those trainees recruited through the new competency based process performed significantly better in the job than those recruited through traditional recruitment processes. CONCLUSION: A new competency based selection process using assessment centres improves the validity of selection of general practice registrars compared with traditional selection techniques. (+info)