MRCGP is an integrated assessment system, success in which confirms that a doctor has satisfactorily completed specialty training for general practice, and is competent to enter independent practice in the United Kingdom without further supervision. In addition to workplace based assessment, the two summative components of the examination are a computer based test of knowledge relevant to general practice (the AKT) and a practical test of clinical and consulting skills (the CSA). The annual report of the MRCGP examination for 2012-13 (http://www.rcgp.org.uk/gp-training-and-exams/mrcgp-exam-overview/mrcgp-annual-reports.aspx) shows that all graduates of the Oxford Medical School entering the examination passed both of these assessments in full, as they have in every year since 2009. As in 2011-12, when analysed by medical school of origin, Oxford graduates achieved the highest mean scores of all UK medical schools for both components of the examination.
AKT scores by Medical School of origin
CSA scores by Medical School of origin
Dr Tim Lancaster, Director of Clinical Studies at the Oxford Medical School and himself a GP, commented: ‘Recent government policy has highlighted the need for more high quality medical graduates to train for a career in general practice. The MRCGP examination is carefully designed to test the core knowledge and skills required by a fully trained GP. I am absolutely delighted that Oxford graduates have consistently achieved such superb results in the MRCGP. This is a tribute to the quality and commitment of our graduates. It also gives the Oxford Medical School confidence that our course provides a strong foundation in the knowledge, communication and clinical skills required to be effective in modern primary care.’