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Do general practice selection scores predict success at MRCGP? An exploratory study

Ahmed, Haroon, Rhydderch, Sara Melody and Matthews, Philip N. 2012. Do general practice selection scores predict success at MRCGP? An exploratory study. Education for Primary Care 23 (2) , pp. 95-100.

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Background: Selection into general practice training is undertaken using a competency based approach. The clear advantage of this approach over traditional methods has been demonstrated through evaluation of its validity and reliability. However, the relationship between selection and performance in the Royal College of General Practitioner examinations (MRCGP) has yet to be explored. The MRCGP comprises of an applied knowledge test (AKT), a clinical skills assessment (CSA) and workplace-based assessments (WPBA). Aim: To explore the predictive validity of general practice selection scores using the AKT and CSA elements of the MRCGP as a final outcome measure. Methods: This study carried out a retrospective analysis of 101 trainees from the Wales Deanery who were successfully selected on to general practice training in 2007. Selection data consisted of an overall selection score as well as scores from each individual stage of selection. Correlation was used to explore associations between selection scores and examination scores. Results: The score for overall performance at selection achieved statistically significant correlation with examination performance (r = 0.491 for the AKT and r = 0.526 for the CSA, P <0.01). Conclusions: The general practice selection process is predictive of future performance in the MRCGP.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: competency based selection, predictive validity of selection tests, selection onto training programmes
Publisher: Racdliffe Medical
ISSN: 1473-9879
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Last Modified: 05 Feb 2020 04:00

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