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OBJECTIVES To assess whether medical students on graduate entry/fast- track programmes perform as well as students on standard courses. DESIGN Retrospective cohort study. SETTING University of Birmingham Medical School. PARTICIPANTS Medical students on graduate entry/fast-track course and standard (5-year) course ('mainstream'). MAIN OUTCOME(More)
A range of demographic, social and other factors are creating a crisis in the provision of clinical care in the United Kingdom for which the physician assistant (PA) model developed in the United States appears to offer a partial solution. Local and national moves are underway to develop a similar cadre of registered health care professionals in England,(More)
The NHS is facing a crisis from the combination of EWTD, MMC, the ageing population and rising expectations; thus its tradition of high quality care is under pressure. Physician assistants (PAs) are a new profession to the UK, educated to nationally set standards and, working as dependent practitioners, provide care in the medical model. PAs are currently(More)
BACKGROUND Clinical teaching associates (CTAs) are human simulators who use themselves (i.e. their bodies and psyches) as an integral part of the teaching and assessing process. Increasingly, various CTAs are used in clinical education, for instance as stand-ins for clinical tutors or for high-stakes assessments. CONTEXT Four groups of people have a stake(More)