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Dr Maureen Baker: 'The RCGP has long recognised differential rates'

Dr Maureen Baker says the RCGP continues with its initiatives to support trainees who are more likely to struggle with the exit exam following positive results in the 2013/14 year

The overall pass rate across all elements of the MRCGP assessment has increased between 2012/13 to 2013/14.

The key purpose of the exam is to ensure that all GPs who pass are fit and confident to practise independently and provide excellent and safe care for their patients. This increase means that there are more doctors, in the community doing this, which is good news.

The RCGP has long recognised differential pass rates for International Medical Graduates and BME UK graduates taking the exam for the first time, which is the norm in professional and higher education examinations, but we are working with the British Association for Physicians of Indian Origin, the British International Doctors Association, and other stakeholders to address this.

There is now a broad consensus that the focus of future work needs to be on the early identification and support of trainees who might struggle with their assessments and the evaluation of training interventions.

The RCGP is committed to supporting the whole training community with MRCGP preparation and has undertaken a number of initiatives in this area including inviting GP trainers to observe  the CSA exam, developing training resources and publishing joint guidance with COGPED on CSA preparation which is now available from our website.

We hope that this work will help candidates to optimise their performance in the MRCGP.

Dr Maureen Baker is chair of the RCGP

Readers' comments (4)

  • Utter nonsense. this is an unfair exam no video recording no second examiner -sort it out

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  • It would be unconstitutional and therefore illegal in other modern democratically accountable democracies (eg US, Canada).

    The RCGP are one of the main reasons why there is a recruitment crisis.

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  • No other UK exam provides video feedback: why not demand it from PLAB or the MRCP or MRCS?

    There's plenty of research which suggests that two examiners watching the same performance make very similar judgments. So don't assume that the outcome would be any different.

    But assuming the RCGP could find and train twice as many examiners, this might well put the cost of the CSA up from the current £1,780 to around £2,500. Would trainees be happy with this sort of increase?

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  • This is a subjective exam @ 848 where is this research that two examiners make similar judgement. In this country I think every exam should be video recorded for fairness purposes .

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