Letters Discrimination in the MRCGP exam

Racial bias unlikely to be a factor in the differential performance of candidates in the MRCGP exam

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6447 (Published 29 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6447
  1. Marilyn Graham, GP, foundation year 2 supervisor, MAP adviser, chair of education South London Faculty1,
  2. Roger Tsisi, GP, associate postgraduate dean East of England2,
  3. Gail Cowley, GP, GP trainer, Rotherham GP specialist training programme director3
  1. 1Fairview Medical Centre, London SW16 5PX
  2. 2Essex, UK
  3. 3Yorkshire, UK
  1. marilyngraham{at}nhs.net

As representatives of the Royal College of General Practitioners’ panel of examiners, we would like to respond to the suggestion that subjective bias “could be a factor” in the differential performance of candidates in the clinical skills assessment exam.1 2 When discussing the sensitive subject of bias, care is needed in the choice of language, and use of the phrase “could be a factor,” without substantiation, seems ill judged …

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