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RCGP reviewing whether MRCGP exam is ‘fit for purpose’


Agree with Jo Smit - I have concerns about the MRCGP and particularly allegations of subconscious bias (DOI - I'm white and I passed it) but I also feel that at a time where the traditional GP role is being taken on by other clinicians (nurses, PAs) that we should be ensuring that a newly trained and qualified GP is at a sufficiently high standard to justify that role and salary. I would have concerns about moving back to a purely workplace based assessment system, as it is too easy for struggling trainees to be pushed through as "that's the easy thing to do". This will only become a bigger problem as our workload increases and intensifies as we will have less capcity (time, mental etc) to tackle the difficult trainees. Also as private providers increase their foothold in GP I wonder whether they will also take on any roles in training, and I would imagine that in that environment this could be an issue as well. I'm glad they're looking at it at the very least but I worry that the pendulum may swing too far in the other direction.

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28 Jul 2017

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