Dispelling the MMC myths
Derek Gallen and Shelley Heard consider concerns often expressed about the UK Modernising Medical Careers programme
The software underpinning the Medical Training Application Service (www.mtas.nhs.uk) will process online application forms, sending them to a scoring panel consisting of trained senior clinicians. For the foundation programme, the computer adds final scores and matches electronically on behalf of the foundation schools. Senior doctors are involved in every application processed by the system. Selection for specialty training will be through a two stage process:
Although it is true that the foundation programme is based on the acquisition of competences, it is unlikely that you would have gained the required level of experience at medical school to be as proficient as a foundation doctor must be. You are correct that some of the competences outlined within the curriculum sound similar to programmes done as an undergraduate-for example, breaking bad news or communication skills.
Clearly these are skills that can be improved only with practice in a clinical setting, and they