JOHN JOHN FRY FRY All All examinations examinations create create problems problems and and stresses stresses in in examinees. examinees. The The examination examination for for the the Membership Membership of of the the Royal Royal College College of of General General
Practitioners Practitioners is is no no exception. exception. Although Although the the examiners examiners state state that that their their objectives objectives are are to to pass pass candidates candidates wherever wherever and and whenever whenever possible, possible, nevertheless nevertheless the the failure failure rate rate remains remains con sistently sistently at at 30% 30% plus plus of of those those taking taking the the examination. examination. The The reasons reasons for for failure failure fall fall into into a a number number of of groups. groups. The The candidate candidate may, may, through through over-confidence, over-confidence, not not have have prepared prepared for for the the examination. examination. He He may may have have assumed assumed that that it it is is not not necessary necessary to to read, read, learn learn and and digest digest data, data, facts facts and and experience experience on on General General
practice. practice. How How wrong wrong that that is, is, he he will will discover discover when when he he sits sits the the exam. exam.