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Med Teach. 2003 Nov;25(6):649-53.

The selection of GP trainees in the West Midlands: second audit of assessment centre scores by ethnicity and country of qualification.

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Centre for Research in Medical and Dental Education, School of Education, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, UK.


The new regional GP trainee selection process in the West Midlands aims to be fair, open and efficient in selecting the most suitable candidates for training posts. This paper is a follow-up audit of the results of the first selection round that have previously been published in this journal (Brown et al., 2001). Here we provide an analysis of candidates' performance in the selection process by ethnic background and country of qualification for the first four selection rounds (n=753). Performance is assessed in terms of the percentage of candidates passing the shortlist stage and being offered a training post in the West Midlands, and by an analysis of shortlist and total scores. This audit finds that UK-trained candidates are most likely to be shortlisted; African- and Asian-trained candidates are the least likely to be shortlisted; and Asian-trained candidates have relatively low success in being placed in the West Midlands.

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