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The revalidation question

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 20 August 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1353
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

    It was 1995, and I had smoothed down my hair, flattened my John Major suit, and adjusted my silk tie—this was my viva examination for membership of the royal college. This was a time of Russian roulette examinations, and everything depended on the examiners. My goal was to be just like them, such is the power of peer pressure. A hot question then, as now, was revalidation, and I had my response learnt, though without the pain of experience.

    The ideas behind revalidation seem like common sense: …

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