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BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 13 January 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:126
  1. Linda Beecham

    GMSC endorses registrars' recommendations on summative assessment

    The General Medical Services Committee has endorsed the recommendations of its registrars subcommittee on summative assessment and agreed that unless and until the regulations are amended trainers should be informed by the summative assessment process but should not be bound by it.

    At the end of last year the GMSC, the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Joint Committee on Postgraduate Training for General Practice, and the Committee of Regional Advisers in General Practice in England agreed a way forward for summative assessment. This proposes that, although not legally mandatory, the process should be introduced during 1996. The general practice registrars subcommittee, however, remains concerned about the flawed method of introducing the scheme, including its introduction mid-way through many registrars' training, the undue haste of implementation, and the poor quality of advice given to registrars.

    The GMSC has endorsed the subcommittee's wish that no registrar or trainer should have their accreditation or training state questioned if they decide not to participate in summative assessment. It agrees that universal regulatory summative assessment should be postponed until 1997 at the earliest, subject to satisfactory validation and the necessary regulation changes.

    The subcommittee insists that all components of the summative assessment package should be implemented at the same time in every region and that all doctors entering the hospital component of vocational training should have clear and comprehensive information about …

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