Letters Discrimination in the MRCGP exam

High failure rate of ethnic minority groups in MRCGP exam comes from changes to exam and candidate selection

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6442 (Published 29 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6442
  1. Quentin Shaw, general practitioner1
  1. 1Stirchley Medical Practice, Telford TF3 1FB, UK
  1. quentin.shaw{at}nhs.net

The high failure rate of ethnic minority and international medical graduates in the clinical skills assessment exam between 2010 and 2012 may seem like racial discrimination by the examiners, but was the unintended consequence of the way candidates were selected and examined.1

The fundamental problem was communication in spoken English.

Between 2007 and 2009, deaneries were incentivised …

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