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The article also outlines how apparently the National Training Survey published in 2011 by the GMC showed that 24% of foundation year doctors did not feel adequately prepared for their first job.
I wonder why this issue has come about. It seems ludicrous to think that medical students are not being assessed to the same degree in their final exam as the whole point of the GMC guidelines is so that this type of concern does not raise its head. The whole point of Tomorrows Doctors is to make sure that all graduates are equipped with the same skills in the same way. How are the finals all of a sudden causing this?
The point being raised about 24% of new F1s not feeling prepared I believe has nothing to do with how they are tested for their finals. Surely confidence is acquired not throught the sitting of exams but through the practice of clinical skills on willing patients?
I do not think that by simply making the final paper the same for all medical schools is somehow going to make them feel either more confident or more like doctors. Creating an exam such as the one suggested by the Future Forum is allied to the idea of there only being one exam board that is allowed to set GCSEs or A levels instead of the current system of OCR and Edexcel etc. That idea I likewise believe to be foolish.
What is everyones opinion on this matter?? Would a one exam system be better?
Here is the link to the article: http://student.bmj.com/student/view-article.html?id=sbmj.e600