Reliability, validity and fairness in the MRCGP licensing examination

PROJECT TITLE RELIABILITY, VALIDITY AND FAIRNESS IN THE MRCGP LICENSING EXAMINATION
Funding body RCGP, Health Education England, College of Social Science Research Fund
Total funding  £30,000 to date.
Team
  • Professor A Niroshan Siriwardena, University of Lincoln
  • Dr Zahid Asghar, University of Lincoln
  • Dr Julie Pattinson, University of Lincoln
  • Prof Graham Law, University of Lincoln
  • Dr Chris Elfes, AKT group lead, MRCGP examination
  • Carol Blow, AKT group, MRCGP examination
  • Dr Jo Richardson, AKT group, MRCGP examination
  • James Larcombe, AKT group, MRCGP examination
  • Dr Katherine A Neden, AKT group, MRCGP examination
  • Dr Amer Salim, AKT group, MRCGP examination
  • Dr David Smalley, AKT group, MRCGP examination
  • Dr Meiling Denney, Chief examiner, MRCGP examnation
  • Dr Cara Featherstone, RCS, Edinburgh
  • Dr Yvonne Hurst, RCS, Edinburgh
Team/consortium
  • University of Lincoln
  • Royal College of General Practitioners, London
  • Health Education England GP National Reruitment Office
Overarching aim This is a programme of research in collaboration with the MRCGP examination which seeks to investigate its reliability, validity and fairness, including the extent of differential attainment in the examination and its causes.
Objectives
  • To explore the reliability and validity of the MRCGP examination.
  • To explore the extent and causes of differential attainment by sex, ethnicity and disability status of doctors taking the MRCGP examination.
  • To review the literature on differential attainment related to the MRCGP examination
Methods Systematic review, cross sectional including questionnaire and qualitative studies
Outcomes
  • Extent of differential attainment by sex, ethnicity, country of primary medical training, disability or other protected characteristic.
  • Determinants of differential attainment.
Outputs Peer reviewed publications, conference presentations and recommendations for the MRCGP examination and candidates.

Peer reviewed publications

Conference presentations

  • Siriwardena AN, Botan V, Laparidou D, Phung VH, Cheung P, Freeman A, Wakeford R, Denney M, Law GR. Candidate perceptions of the UK Recorded Consultation Assessment introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic: cross-sectional study. Oral presentation online at Society for Academic Primary Care, Annual Scientific Meeting 30 June-1 July 2021, University of Leeds.
  • Siriwardena AN, Botan V, Laparidou D, Phung VH, Cheung P, Freeman A, Wakeford R, Denney M, Law GR. Examiner perceptions of the UK Recorded Consultation Assessment introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic: cross-sectional study. Poster presentation online at Society for Academic Primary Care, Annual Scientific Meeting 30 June-1 July 2021, University of Leeds.
  • Siriwardena AN, Botan V, Laparidou D, Phung VH, Cheung P, Freeman A, Wakeford R, Denney M, Law GR. Examiner perceptions of the UK Recorded Consultation Assessment introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic: cross-sectional study. Oral presentation online at AMEE 27 -30 August 2021.
Impact These studies seek to understand how the reliability and validity of the examination can be maintained or improved, why differential attainment exists and what we can do to address it.

 

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