- Extra assessments like situational judgement tests, clinical skills test and communication tests to help allocate F1 jobs.
- Grant full GMC registration on graduation
- Link F1 year with the undergraduate degree so you stay in your locality to do your F1 job, and then compete for F2 jobs.
Admittedly, I haven't looked into how the whole foundation places thing works yet, as it's miles off for me and I figured it would probably all change again by the time I got there, so I'm not as knowledgeable about it all as I'd like. However, options 1 and 3 don't really seem to address the problem to me? 3 just moves the point at which there will be a problem - fantastic, well done you've graduated and done the horrible stressful F1 year and become registered, now if you want to practise as the Dr you've spent years trying to become, take your student debt and leave the country, or find another line of work. How is that right?
Option 1 assumes that medical schools haven't prepared you well enough for F1/F2 years. Although I'm sure it's true not all medical students are created equal, surely (but maybe naively) if you weren't good enough to be an F1 you wouldn't have passed finals - is that not how the medical school conveyor belt works? Equally, I thought GAMSAT was expensive enough, I'm shocked at how much the Royal College of [insert profession here] exams are that I've heard about, how much am I going to have to pay to do the assessments to let me do the job I've trained for? By the time I graduate, it will have cost a lot of money to train me, what a waste if I can't get a job. And what am I supposed to do with the £60,000 of student debt I'll have by that time?
As for option 2, I'm not sure why you aren't GMC registered after graduation anyway, so I can't really comment on that, but it seems that makes it easier for our home students to push off and take their skills elsewhere, and leave the Dr-ing to the overseas Dr's coming in to do. What do you think?