GMC publish annual report on the state of medical education and practice in the UK

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23 / 11 / 2015 9.30am

The General Medical Council (GMC) has published its annual report: The state of medical education and practice in the UK 2015.

This is the fifth annual report on education and practice. It sets out the challenges facing the medical profession and highlights what is happening in education and practice for trainee doctors in the United Kingdom. 

The report shows that the medical workforce is becoming more gender balanced, with more than half of licensed GPs being women. This trend looks like it will continue with 69 per cent of current GP trainees also being women. In some specialities men are still prevalent, for instance in surgery 71 per cent of doctors in training are men.

The report also highlights the differential attainment between specialities and ethnic groups:

  • UK graduates passed postgraduate exams over 70 per cent of the time, with European Economic Area (EEA) graduates and International Medical Graduates (IMG) passing less than 50 per cent of their exams
  • research on GP training shows those graduates who perform less well on entry to training, also perform less well in their final training exams.

The GMC plan to publish the data that informed the report and employers, workforce planners, researchers and regulators will be able to use this data locally.

The full report can be viewed on the GMC website. 

Further information

Find out more about the GMC and their reports.

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