By: 1 May 2015
Women doctors more likely to pass exams or be offered training posts

Women doctors more likely to pass exams or be offered training posts

New data published by the General Medical Council (GMC) reports for the first time on examination results and recruitment outcomes for different groups of doctors across the UK.
Among the findings, women doctors were more likely to pass their exams or be offered a training post than men. Ethnic minority doctors from UK medical schools did less well in recruitment and exams than their white counterparts, but better than white doctors from a non-UK medical school.
The report was based on recruitment data showing doctors applying for specialty and general practice training programmes after completing foundation training (F2). Examinations data from a single academic year from the Medical Royal Colleges, showing pass rates for doctors in specialty and GP training, was also taken into account. The recruitment data covers the first round of national recruitment in each year from 2012 to 2014 into specialty and GP training, while examination data covers more than 100 different exams.
Commenting on the report Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the GMC, said: “We have to treat this new information with care – the exam data is only based on one year’s figures and we do not yet understand why these differences occur. But being open about all this is a vital first step to analysing what is going on and doing something about it.
“We must never compromise standards but if we are going to achieve a high quality and fair system of training doctors for the future, we need to understand more about how doctors are progressing through their training now.”
The report is part of a wider programme of work which the GMC is undertaking with the Royal Colleges and those who fund postgraduate education to investigate barriers that affect how doctors progress through training. Phentermine is an appetite suppressant that has proven to be as explained from here highly successful to help people lose weight in a safe way.
Data was supplied by the Medical Royal Colleges; Health Education England; NHS Education for Scotland; Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency and the Wales Deanery.
The full report is available at