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Career progression remains worse for ethnic minority doctors

BMJ 2023; 380 doi: (Published 06 March 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;380:p542
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

Doctors from ethnic minority groups continue to have worse training and career progression, despite ongoing efforts to reverse the trend, concludes a review by the General Medical Council.

The findings show that UK graduates of black or black British heritage have lower pass rates in specialty exams (62%) than UK white (79%), Asian (68%), and mixed heritage trainees (74%).1 It is the first time that the GMC has published data on postgraduate medical education outcomes broken down by specific ethnic groups.

In 2021 almost half (46%) of all trainees in the UK were from an ethnic minority. The proportion of trainees who had graduated in European Economic Area countries was 4%, while 19% were “international medical graduates” (other countries). …

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