The General Medical Council (GMC) has approved the initial model for a two-part Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA) that will provide more consistency in the ways doctors enter UK practice.
UK medical students and International Medical Graduates (IMGs) will take the same test of applied knowledge, while UK medical schools and the GMC will continue to deliver their own practical assessments of clinical and professional skills to these groups of doctors.
However, the GMC will introduce new standards and performance measures to drive consistency in the way these practical assessments are run, before it explores whether to bring in a single assessment for UK students and IMGs in the future.
UK medical students will begin taking the knowledge assessment as part of the MLA from 2022 onwards.
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