GMC agrees way forward on exams for trainees

Doctors who are already in specialty training or who enter by October 2011 will be able to have any valid passes in previously approved national professional exams counted towards a certificate of completion of training (CCT), even if they were obtained outside approved training.

Mr Dickson: maintaining coherence and integrity of training programmes
Mr Dickson: maintaining coherence and integrity of training programmes

That is the agreement after work by organisations including the GMC, BMA junior doctors committee and Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.

By the end of October 2010 the GMC will issue guidance on recognition of exams for doctors who may enter a CCT programme after 31 October 2011.

The GMC is also to review its standards for curricula and assessment systems to address issues around consistency, role, currency, frequency and quality assurance of the national exams.

Niall Dickson, GMC chief executive, said: ‘I believe all organisations share a determination to understand and respond to the needs of trainees while ensuring  that the coherence and integrity of training programmes are maintained.’

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