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BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7105.3a (Published 16 August 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:S3a-7105

American general physicians should demonstrate core competencies in areas of women's health that are often left to specialists, according to a report in the the American Journal of Medicine (1997;102:507-12). Traditional curricula are insensitive to gender specific differences in health care, says the report, drawn up by academic gynaecologists. The list of core competencies includes a diverse range of skills-from taking cervical smears to detecting domestic violence-but what the article also reflects is the gathering trend to require criterion based assessments rather than relying on time serving experience.

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