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Published Date Research Title Description
May 2017 Fair training pathways for all - Part two To follow up from the 2015 research which focused on trainee/trainer perspective, part two of the research explores differential attainment at an organisation level.
July 2016 Fair training pathways for all: understanding experiences of progression - Part one In 2015 we asked researchers from University College London to develop the model proposed by HEFCE commissioned research (described below), in the context of postgraduate medical education and training to help us understand more about how differential attainment affects doctors in training.
July 2016 How doctors progress through key milestones in training A summary of key messages arising from the publication of exam, ARCP and recruitment data for the 2014/2015 academic year
November 2015 Understanding differential attainment across medical training pathways: A rapid review of the literature.  We commissioned an independent review of existing research and literature on differential attainment across medical education pathways. We want to understand potential causes of differential attainment; ways in which differential attainment has been researched; and potential interventions.
November 2015 GP selection data research  This research investigates the correlation between selection scores and exam performance of GPs over a number of years.
Q4 2015 The state of medical education and practice in the UK Our fifth annual GMC report sets out what is happening in the education and practice of doctors, and considers some of the current challenges facing the profession and the systems in which it works.
November 2015 Building our understanding of professional support services offered to doctors in training To identify how doctors in training are supported, we worked with the Conference of Postgraduate Medical Deans (COPMED) to survey deaneries and local education and training boards across the UK.

Our survey of professional support units aimed to draw on the expertise and experience within these organisations to identify and share effective practice.

March 2015 Preliminary analysis of data on postgraduate exams and recruitment  A summary of key messages arising from the publication of exam and recruitment data for the 2013/2014 academic year
January 2015 GMC Corporate Conference Workshop In January 2015, we held a workshop on differential attainment at our annual conference. We used the conference as a key moment to share emerging findings with a range of healthcare professionals, and to get their feedback about our approach to the research and what they think we should prioritise.
View slides from our differential attainment workshop
Read our overview of the workshop themes and discussions
2013 Independent Review of the Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP) examination In 2013 we asked Professor Aneez Esmail to carry out an independent review of the Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP), an integrated assessment system, success in which confirms that a doctor has satisfactorily completed specialty training for general practice. This table shows the progress we, and other organisations, have made against the recommendations in the review’s final report.