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Letters Racial discrimination in medicine

Cognitive load theory and differential attainment

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 12 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m965
  1. William Atiomo, clinical sub-dean and lead for international medical students
  1. School of Medicine, University of Nottingham, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham NG7 2UH, UK
  1. william.atiomo{at}

Linton discusses a multi-pronged approach to tackling differential attainment.1 Another approach, not considered by Linton or the General Medical Council in its report published last year,2 is using the framework of cognitive load theory.

Cognitive load theory proposes that, when learning, new information is stored in working memory, which is limited in …

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