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Covid-19: medical schools are urged to fast-track final year students

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 16 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m1064

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  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

UK medical schools have been urged to fast-track final year medical students into the workforce in the wake of severe disruptions to teaching programmes caused by the covid-19 outbreak.

The Medical Schools Council said that universities should waive requirements for clinical exams and draw on alternative methods of assessment to ensure that doctors are registered as quickly as possible.

Guidance issued by the council to medical schools on 13 March said: “It is important that medical schools do not delay qualification and so prevent new doctors joining the workforce in the summer. We advise that final year qualifying exams are prioritised where they have not yet taken place. Additional opportunities to take finals as a first sit should be provided where necessary. We suggest that finals are simplified …

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