19th January 2018, Volume 131 Number 1468

Cameron I Wells, Ibrahim S Al-Busaidi

We would like to thank Dr Alamri1 for his interest in our recent article2 evaluating research opportunities available to medical students in New Zealand. We identified a range of formal…

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Cameron I Wells, Medical Elective Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama, US; Ibrahim S Al-Busaidi, Medical Registrar, Canterbury District Health Board, Christchurch.


Cameron Wells, School of Medicine, The University of Auckland, Level 12, Auckland City Hospital Support Building, Park Road, Grafton 1023, Auckland.

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