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Credentialing: shifting more costs onto the trainee by Garth M. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Shape of Training has many disastrous regressive elements, not least the introduction of 'credentialing'.  Note first of all that the GMC defines a credential as a ... Read on »
Doctors - email your trainee group NOW! by Garth M. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The BMA have produced an excellent statement on the 'Shape of Training' review and a large number of trainee groups have rightly signed up to reject the review in i ... Read on »
Massive questions remain unanswered on the real motives of Shape...... by Garth M. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The problems with the Shape of Training review of postgraduate medical training become more and more obvious by the day.  Today the BMA has released a joint statem ... Read on »
Solidarity - Charlie Hebdo by Garth M. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy May those who were murdered in cold blood today in Paris rest in peace. I hope some good can result from today's appalling crimes, in that decent rational peo ... Read on »
The 'Dean review' of medical training by Garth M. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I have commissioned myself to review UK postgraduate medical training.  The pre-review steps are complete, I am indeed a fit and proper person, I have 5 GCSEs, ... Read on »
Inaccuracy and Obfuscation - the facts thus far by Garth M. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   I do not have all the answers, as I do not have all the facts and I do not have the knowledge of a legal expert.  However this piece is simply designed to summaris ... Read on »
Suspicious omissions from the Mail and Spectator by Garth M. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy It is interesting that the Spectator and the Daily Mail have both sided in rather stilted fashion with Mr Meirion Thomas, the surgeon who wrote articles for both ... Read on »
Guy Adams of the Mail responds by Garth M. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy This is how the noble journalist Guy Adams responded when I made a perfectly reasonable comment on his ill informed piece on Mr Meirion Thomas.  I would like to th ... Read on »
The total ignorance and hypocrisy of the Dail Mail by Garth M. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The Daily Mail has a long history of supporting some rather malevolent causes.  Today their journalistic standards continue within the gutter of hypocritical ... Read on »
'Prof' Meirion Thomas and the 'Spectator' by Garth M. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The 'Prof' Meirion Thomas saga is complex and I shall not attempt to address all the details in this piece.  For more detail simply use 'google' and read away.  I ... Read on »
Guest article - the real motives behind Shape? by Garth M. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I’d be careful not to go off on the tangents about the sadistic medical narcissists of the 1970s or to blame “The Trendy Educationalists” for these policies. This is driven ... Read on »
The Shape of Training - first do no harm Prof Reid? by Garth M. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   I have been doing a fair bit of thinking about medical training reform in recent days, things appear to steaming ahead at full speed despite a rather large number ... Read on »
Contact your MP to protest against cuts to medical training........ by Garth M. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The Shape of Training is a review of doctor training that is currently being forced through despite many significant safety concerns being expressed by the majori ... Read on »
Write to your Royal College or Trainee Organisation by Garth M. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Here is a letter template that I have crafted for anyone to send to their Royal College or trainee organisation.  If you agree that Shape takes medical trainin ... Read on »
The Shape of Training - the Key Issues by Garth M. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I am sure many of you are aware of the small details of the Shape of Training (ShoT) review, however many of you probably are not, therefore I though I would write ... Read on »
Health Education England, Fiona Patterson and Situational Judgement Tests (SJTs) by Garth M. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   I got a bit distracted this morning when I started reading HEE's latest idea on medical selection called 'valued based recruitment' (VBR).  Here is HEE's long and ... Read on »
The Shape of Training review: a bizarre analysis of ‘evidence’ by Garth M. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I have taken the time to review the ‘evidence’ that the Shape of Training review has relied upon in order to make some rather sweeping recommendations about th ... Read on »
Open letter to the BOA president by Garth M. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Dear BOA President, I am writing to express by disappointment at the BOA's recent move to force Orthopaedic surgeons into training to become BOA members by making BOA m ... Read on »
John Cook's responds but reliability issue is clearly a key study flaw by Garth M. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Here is John Cook's response to my questions "Re rater reliability and data breakdowns, we’ve released the raw individual ratings as well as the final ratings of all 11 ... Read on »
Why won't John Cook reply to my simple questions? by Garth M. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Strangely or not so strangely, having been 'redirected' to send my letter's questions directly to the author, John Cook, I have received a response, but no attemp ... Read on »