Establishing a postgraduate qualification in remote health

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) provides medical care for the scientists and support staff working on British scientific bases and research vessels in the Antarctic. The BAS directs significant resources towards medical research, so a doctor who does not complete the research component of the programme of training and medical duties represents a partially wasted investment. Additionally, the professional experience gained by the doctor is appropriate for a postgraduate qualification. For these reasons, the training, clinical placement and research undertaken by doctors were formalized as a masters degree in 1992. The objectives of the MSc degree were to optimize the benefits of the training and research for Antarctic doctors and their patients, and to improve the quality of the research output. In the three years before the degree was introduced, only 25% of doctors produced a useful research output. Following the introduction of the MSc, this figure rose to 88%.


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Authors: Haston, W., Horsley, H., Milne, A.

1 June, 1996
Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare / 2
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