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RCGP exam results reveal narrowing gaps between UK and overseas graduates


We need to be asking some serious questions about training. These are just a few: It is clear that the needs of IMG graduates, White UK graduates and perhaps even ethnic minority UK graduates are different. With that in mind why are they trained together where the needs of one group (normally the majority) over-ride the needs of the smaller groups? Should people be given different lengths of training courses based on a score at the selection centre? i.e. top ranked enter a 3 year training programme, whereas those struggling could be given a 5 year programme. It seems crazy that a competency based assessment programme has predetermined, one size fits all, training lengths. The same should apply to the number of out of hours sessions that each person has to attend. Finally and perhaps controversially, should ethnicity gender and country of training be independent variables in the decision making for above. i.e. White, female, UK graduate who does pretty well in selection centre gets a 2.5 year training programme. Indian trainee, trained in Mumbai, gets the same score in the selection centre - gets a 4 year training programme. One trainee feels hard done by because their training takes twice as long. The other trainee feels hard done by because their training gets half the resources of the first. At least it annoys them in a fair and balanced way. Slightly radical, but that might be what is required.

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23 Jan 2015

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