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MRCGPMRCGP has come with a whole new load of acronyms, assessments and deadlines, which you have to master.

There are three formative and summative elements (click to download):

Each of these is independent and tests different skills but together they cover the curriculum for specialty training in general practice.  Evidence for the workplace-based assessment is collected in the e-portfolio of each GP Trainee.

The Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) is a summative assessment of the knowledge base. The test takes the form of a three-hour multiple-choice test of 200 items. 

Approximately 80% of question items will be on clinical medicine, 10% on critical appraisal and evidence based clinical practice and 10% on health informatics and administrative issues. Questions focus mainly on higher order problem solving rather than just the simple recall of basic facts.

The Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA) is ‘an assessment of a doctor’s ability to integrate and apply clinical, professional, communication and practical skills appropriate for general practice’. Each candidate is allocated a consulting room and has 13 consultations, each of 10 minutes. All thirteen cases are assessed. Patients are played by role-players who have been trained and calibrated to perform their role in a consistent manner. Candidates’ performance in three domains (Data gathering, Clinical management and Interpersonal skills) in every consultation is graded Clear Pass (3pts), Marginal Pass (2pts), Marginal Fail (1pt) or Clear Fail (0pt) by assessors who observe the consultations.

Workplace based assessment (WPBA) is defined as the evaluation of a doctor’s progress over time in their performance in those areas of professional practice best tested in the workplace. It is a process through which evidence of competence in independent practice is gathered in a structured and systematic framework. Evidence is collected over all three years of training. The evidence is recorded in a web-based portfolio (the e-Portfolio) and used to inform six monthly reviews and, at the end of training, to make a holistic, qualitative judgement about the readiness of the GPStR for independent practice.

The GPST trajectory for 3 years of training (click to download):

The GPST trajectory 2011/2012 - This excellent document, with useful embedded links, details all the things you need to do and the deadlines for completion. A must read for all Trainers, Educational Supervisors and GP Trainees

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