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The value of writing skills as an addition to the medical school curriculum

Authors Malik B

Received 27 April 2017

Accepted for publication 3 June 2017

Published 26 July 2017 Volume 2017:8 Pages 525—526


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Dr Md Anwarul Azim Majumder

Bassit Malik


School of Medicine, Imperial College London, London, UK


The Medical Schools Council statement lists the ability to communicate through

reading, writing, listening, and speaking as four skills all medical students should

possess as future doctors.1


First and foremost, writing in a legible manner is imperative for good clinical

practice and poor prescribing and documenting can have harmful consequences for

the patient.1 The ability to write effectively is also an important medium in conveying

complex scientific concepts and critical clinical information.



A Letter to the Editor has been received and published for this paper.



The author reports no conflicts of interest in this work.



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