Doctors are being encouraged to share their experiences of the GP exam at the centre of a debate on widely different pass rates.
The BMA is supporting BAPIO (the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin) in its judicial review into the disparity between pass rates in the practical part of a royal college membership exam.
As part of this, the association has contributed £20,000 to help BAPIO fund the court case, along with £5,000 for legal advice from a QC.
It is also coordinating the gathering of information from doctors about their experiences of taking the RCGP (Royal College of GPs) clinical skills assessment, and their views on what needs to change. This will inform the BMA’s work on the issue.
BMA council chair Mark Porter said: ‘The BMA believes it is important for the profession and the public to have confidence in the way exams are run, and for our members to be assessed on a level playing field. We want doctors to let us know what impact this exam has had on their careers.’
Consulting the profession
The association is also due to hold meetings on the issue with the RCGP, GMC and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.
The clinical skills assessment sees doctors assessed in a mock surgery, using actors as patients. There has been ongoing concern over the disparity in pass rates.
An independent review into the issue, commissioned by the GMC, found BME (black and minority ethnic) graduates trained in the UK were three times more likely to fail the exam than their white UK colleagues.
International medical graduates from BME backgrounds were 15 times more likely to fail than their white colleagues, the research revealed.
BAPIO is taking action against the RCGP and the GMC. The judicial review will take place next year.
Email experiences of the exam with ‘CSA’ in the subject line.
Contribute to BAPIO’s judicial review fund
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