F Cooksey, R Smith, TI Lemon, R Sharm, A Yarrow Jenkins, P Winter, A Buick
Knowledge of research skills and methods, once an integral part of the academic process, has in recent times become neglected by medical schools. Anecdotal evidence suggests political pressures have prioritised communication skills training as the focus towards producing the best doctors for tomorrow. Consequently, the prioritisation of communication training in the UK undergraduate curriculum has caused a reduction in research methods training, despite Tomorrows Doctors (2009)  documenting research skills such as critical appraisal integral to the analytical armoury of the developing clinician. We decided to poll students as to whether they felt they are adequately taught research skills and methods in their undergraduate medical courses.