Abolishing provisional GMC registration
Would graduates be ready?
The Shape of Training review, which proposes some major changes to postgraduate medical training in the United Kingdom, was published at the end of 2013.1 One recommendation that has prompted much debate is that of abolishing provisional registration with the General Medical Council and assigning full registration upon qualification from medical school. The move to abolishing provisional registration would remove the current responsibility medical schools share with foundation schools for provisionally registered foundation year 1 (FY1) doctors. Davies’ accompanying article explores the potential impact on graduates’ careers, patient safety, and the future of medical schools.
Before a decision about retaining or abandoning provisional registration is made, some key questions need to be answered. Perhaps the most immediate is whether newly graduated doctors would be truly ready to practise medicine at the level of fully registered ones, or whether this would alter the meaning of what it is to be a