All UK final year medical students should sit the same exam, says Future Forum
- By: Emilie Green
The implementation of a national standardised examination for all final-year medical students has been recommended by the NHS Future Forum, a group of clinicians, NHS staff, and patients. The group are in the second phase of their work on the education and training of all healthcare professionals in England.
The Future Forum’s report outlines fundamental issues from the perspectives of patients and healthcare professionals, with a view to improving the quality of medical graduates.
To maintain a guaranteed benchmark on a national level, the education report advocates a standardised examination for all final year UK medical students. Should this be implemented, newly qualified doctors could be granted full registration at the end of their undergraduate degree rather than after their first foundation year of work as is currently the case, the forum suggests.
The possibility of implementing a nationwide finals examination needs to be balanced with the advantages of the