College's bid to stamp out racial bias in examinations

Examiners of the emergency medicine fellowship will receive lessons in cultural sensitivity in an attempt to stamp out subconscious racial bias.

The move follows last year's apology to IMG trainees by the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) over complaints about systematic racism in the marking of its clinical exam – which involves role play of various emergency presentations.

According to college figures, in 2016 nearly 70% of candidates trained in Caucasian-majority countries - like Australia, Canada and the UK - passed the exam,