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The relationship between medical school of training, age, gender and success in the MRCPsych examinations

  • S. P. Tyrer (a1), W.-C. Leung (a2), J. Smalls (a1) and C. Katona (a3)
Abstract
Aims and Method

Factors leading to success in the MRCPsych Part I and Part II examinations, including age, gender and original medical school of training, were examined in the 1999 MRCPsych examination entrants to determine how far they are associated with the results. The ethnic breakdown of examiners of the MRCPsych examinations was also determined and compared with the origin of all consultant psychiatrists.

Results

Younger age at taking the examination and training at a British or Irish medical school were found to be highly significant predictors of success in the MRCPsych examinations. When allowance was made for confounding variables, the gender of candidates did not contribute to success. There was no difference in ethnic background of examiners compared with consultant psychiatrists overall.

Clinical Implications

Factors affecting trainees wishing to undertake a psychiatric career need to be more closely examined. To ensure fairness and transparency in future examinations the ethnicity of candidates taking the examination needs to be addressed.

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The relationship between medical school of training, age, gender and success in the MRCPsych examinations

  • S. P. Tyrer (a1), W.-C. Leung (a2), J. Smalls (a1) and C. Katona (a3)
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