The RACGP has refused to release the latest data over the Key Feature Problem (KFP) exam from the August 2015 test.
'Australian Doctor' (Page 3) is reporting that the latest results show that 43% failed the KFP test in August, with some sources claiming there is a higher failure rates of 80-85% from the International Medical Graduates (IMGs) who are on the practice-eligible-pathway compared to those registrars already training on the Australian General Practice Training Program.
Experts are at odds over why eligible pathway graduates and IMGs are failing at a higher rate than those on the Australian GP Program. Some claim that overseas medical schools place an emphasis on rote-learning, but not understanding the concepts.
However, overseas-trained doctor, Dr Geeta Trehan from SA GP, who helps IMGs prepare for the exam, rejects this stating in Australian Doctor that if it was critical thinking that was lacking the IMGs would also fail the Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) component of the fellowship exams, but they're not. Instead, Dr Trehan blames access to good-quality supervision, mentors and exam preparation resources
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