Foundation year for newly qualified doctors

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7518.697-c (Published 22 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:697

GMC assessment of junior doctors' competency is inadequate or inconsistent

  1. Nicholas J Matheson, senior house officer (nickmatheson@yahoo.com),
  2. Alex Burns, senior house officer,
  3. Katherine Henderson, consultant in accident and emergency medicine
  1. Homerton University Hospital, London E9 6SR

    EDITOR—In his article on the new UK foundation programme, Hays says that assessment willfocus on practical aspects of medical work rather than examinations.1 An examination already exists, however, that is explicitly set to correspond with thelevel of knowledge expected of a doctor at the end of foundation year 1.

    This is the Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board Test (PLAB), administered by the General …

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