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Unit information: Prescribing Safety Assessment in 2018/19

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Unit name Prescribing Safety Assessment
Unit code MEDI30012
Credit points 0
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Blythe
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description

The PSA is a national computer-based assessment of prescribing skills, and as such delivers the GMC requirement of an assessment of these skills. The pass mark is set nationally and marked nationally as such. Students who have not reached this national pass mark will be deemed not to have achieved competence in the PSA component of finals and will have two further opportunities to pass, the first where possible before the beginning of the elective period.

Assessment Details

Exam

The PSA is a national computer-based assessment of prescribing skills, and as such delivers the GMC requirement of an assessment of these skills. The pass mark is set nationally and marked nationally as such. Students who have not reached this national pass mark will be deemed not to have achieved competence in the PSA component of finals and will have two further opportunities to pass, the first where possible before the beginning of the elective period.

Candidates who fail the first PSA sitting will be given a further two opportunities to resit the PSA, on later nationally-allocated dates. Where possible, the first retake attempt will be timed so as to allow the candidate their elective (subject to demonstrating competence in the other finals exams). Failing the PSA twice will necessitate remedial training instead of the elective period. A student who has not achieved a pass mark in the PSA by the third iteration scheduled in Bristol for this Academic year will be judged to have failed finals.

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