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Are the General Medical Council's Tests of Competence fair to long standing doctors? A retrospective cohort study.

Mehdizadeh, L; Sturrock, A; Dacre, J; (2015) Are the General Medical Council's Tests of Competence fair to long standing doctors? A retrospective cohort study. BMC Medical Education , 15 , Article 80. 10.1186/s12909-015-0362-x. Green open access

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Abstract

The General Medical Council's Fitness to Practise investigations may involve a test of competence for doctors with performance concerns. Concern has been raised about the suitability of the test format for doctors who qualified before the introduction of Single Best Answer and Objective Structured Clinical Examination assessments, both of which form the test of competence. This study explored whether the examination formats used in the tests of competence are fair to long standing doctors who have undergone fitness to practise investigation.

Type: Article
Title: Are the General Medical Council's Tests of Competence fair to long standing doctors? A retrospective cohort study.
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1186/s12909-015-0362-x
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12909-015-0362-x
Additional information: Copyright © 2015 Mehdizadeh et al.; licensee BioMed Central. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly credited. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.
Keywords: General medical council; Fitness to practise; Tests of competence; Volunteer; Pilot; Assessment; Performance; Qualification year
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > UCL Medical School
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1467686
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