New system will fail more GP registrars

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 20 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:135

More registrars in general practice will be refused certificates of competence when summative assessment is introduced throughout the United Kingdom on 1 September, a study of the process has shown.

Results of a three year pilot study in the west of Scotland reported in the British Journal of General Practice (1996;46:411-4) estimate that an average of 5% of general practice registrars a year will not receive their certificates. Nearly all the registrars who were judged incompetent in the pilot scheme were picked up by video assessment—one of the most …

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