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Examination bar for overseas doctors must rise, researchers say

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 22 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2858
  1. Tom Moberly
  1. 1BMJ

Pass marks for the examination taken by overseas doctors seeking to work in the United Kingdom should rise to ensure that these doctors meet equivalent standards to UK trained doctors, two studies in The BMJ have concluded.

The pass mark for the General Medical Council’s Professional Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) examination should be raised to a level currently achieved by less than 10% of international medical graduates, the researchers calculated. But they acknowledged that the implications of this proposal were “potentially problematic,” given the large numbers of international medical graduates seeking to work in …

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