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GP registrar recruitment should be based on competence

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 24 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:0-d

A new competency based selection system should improve the validity of selection of general practice registrars in England compared with traditional selection techniques. Through a longitudinal predictive validity study and a matched pair comparison, Patterson and colleagues (p 711) designed and validated the new selection system, which comprised competency based application form, referees' reports, and an assessment centre. Those trainees recruited through the new system performed significantly better in the job than those recruited through traditional processes.

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