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BMJ. 2005 Mar 26;330(7493):711-4.

A new selection system to recruit general practice registrars: preliminary findings from a validation study.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, City University, London EC1V 0HB. f.patterson@city.ac.uk

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To design and validate a new competency based selection system to recruit general practice registrars, comprising a competency based application form, referees' reports, and an assessment centre.

DESIGN:

Longitudinal predictive validity study and a matched case comparison.

SETTING:

South Yorkshire and East Midlands region, United Kingdom, comprising three deaneries.

PARTICIPANTS:

46 of 167 doctors were followed up in training after three months in practice, and 20 general practice trainers were selected by using traditional recruitment methods.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Trainer ratings of trainee performance in practice on targeted competencies.

RESULTS:

Performance ratings of targeted competencies at the assessment centre predicted trainer ratings of performance in the job. Furthermore, those trainees recruited through the new competency based process performed significantly better in the job than those recruited through traditional recruitment processes.

CONCLUSION:

A new competency based selection process using assessment centres improves the validity of selection of general practice registrars compared with traditional selection techniques.

PMID:
15790641
PMCID:
PMC555635
DOI:
10.1136/bmj.330.7493.711
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