Can I get points for reading this?

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 01 December 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1336
  1. Kieran Walsh, clinical editor (
  1. BMJ Learning

    Accreditation for learning took a knock last year when the Royal College of General Practitioners took the brave step of abolishing its old system of accrediting learning events or resources—the Postgraduate Education Allowance (PGEA) system. Under the old system GPs gathered points by going to courses or reading, and when they reached their annual points quota—hey presto. There was no formal requirement to do further learning that year. Most GPs did continue learning, but for some there seemed little point. The royal college also thought that a worthwhile learning exercise could easily turn into a worthless points gathering exercise and threw the system out. Under the new system GPs have to undertake a satisfactory amount of learning to pass their annual appraisals. The amount and type of learning is …

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