What is the GMC?
The purpose of the General Medical Council (GMC) is to protect patients and improve medical education and practice across the UK.
How is the Research Department of Medical Education involved?
The Research Department of Medical Education (RDME) is contracted to set up and write the reports for the Tests of Competence for the Fitness to Practice (FtP) procedures, using specific tests that have been designed to reflect the practice of the doctor being investigated.
Since 2004, we have been reviewing and developing test items to ensure they are up-to-date, fair, valid and reliable.
An experienced team within RDME run the GMC project. A cross specialty team of clinicians, educational consultants and College representatives helps write and standard set new items, blueprinted against “Good Medical Practice”. These new items are validated by volunteer doctors and data has been collected on the performance of doctors of a wide range of grades and specialties practising in the UK.
What is a pilot?
The aim of a pilot is to collect performance data and
individual feedback about questions and OSCE stations, on a wide range
of doctors of all grades working in a particular specialty. We use this
data as the basis for reports on poorly performing doctors who are
referred for a Test of Competence (TOC) by the GMC. The data is used to
form a reference group of volunteer doctors working in the UK to which
the TOC doctor is compared. You will form part of that group.
Professor Jane Dacre, Principal Investigator
Dr Alison Sturrock, Principal Investigator
Dr Magdalen Baker, Clinical Training Fellow
Dr Jenny Hopwood, Clinical Teaching Fellow
Dr Leila Mehdizadeh, Non-Clinical Research Associate
Samantha Henry, Technical and Systems Manager
Marcia Rigby, Project and Research Manager
Jestina Henry, Events Administrator
- Are the General Medical Council's Test of Competence fair to long standing doctor's?
- Doctor's who pilot the General Medical Council's Test of Competence: who volunteers and why?
- How well do doctor's think they perform on the General Medical Council's Test of Competence pilot examinations?
- Performance in assessment: Consensus statement and recommendations from the Ottawa conference
- Blueprinting for clinical performance deficiencies: Lessons and principles from the General Medical Council's fitness to practise procedures
- ST1 selection pilot
- The development of a new method of knowledge assessment: Tailoring a test to a doctor's area of practice
- General Medical Council Test of Competence: what happens now?
- Prevalence of GMC performance assessments in the United Kingdom: A retrospective cohort analysis by country of medical qualification