Intended for healthcare professionals


Language is the culprit

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 05 February 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:0

How would you answer the question: “How does that make you feel?” You might, for example, respond by describing your personal feelings. But if the question was asked during an oral examination for membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners and the examiners were trying to elicit your approach to managing a type of patient then that would be the wrong response and you might fail.

The college wanted to find out why so many Asian doctors trained overseas were doing badly in its oral …

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