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Education And Debate

How to do it: Run a preparation course for postgraduate examinations

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 17 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1468
  1. Richard D Neal, lecturera,
  2. Neal Maskrey, consultant in primary care developmentb,
  3. Mark Williams, general practitionerc
  1. a Centre for Research in Primary Care, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9LN
  2. b North Yorkshire Health Authority, Ryedale Building, York YO1 1PE
  3. c Beech Tree Surgery, 68 Doncaster Road, Selby YO8 9AJ
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Maskrey
  • Accepted 31 December 1996


This paper provides a practical guide to running preparation courses for postgraduate examinations and is based on the authors' experiences. It is intended to be useful to organisers of proposed or existing courses as well as to potential users of courses – people in every specialty preparing for a postgraduate examination. The paper covers the practical aspects of staging and financing a course and recruiting tutors and attracting candidates, in addition to covering the structure, educational content, and evaluation of the course.


    • Accepted 31 December 1996
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