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What causes differential attainment?

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To help us understand more about DA we have commissioned a wide range of research. In 2016/17 we published commissioned research considering the causes of DA in medical education led by Dr Katherine Woolf, University College London. This particularly looked at challenges faced by black and minority ethnic (BME) doctors and international medical graduates (IMGs). The team also identified a range of interventions were being delivered by local education organisations aimed at addressing the issues.

Fair training pathways research

Dr Woolf's research identified twelve categories of risk faced by BME doctors and International Medical Graduates (IMGs). You can read about different perspectives:

Trainees and trainers findings
Organisation findings

Other GMC commissioned DA research can be found here.

How much do we already know about patterns of progression?

We publish data on postgraduate ARCP, exams and recruitment. Factors that are associated with the likelihood that doctors will progress include:

  • age
  • gender
  • ethnicity
  • place of qualification
  • Socio-economic