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The President addressed the Council, explaining the manner in which his communications with the Government had been interrupted by the state of public business, and the course which he had pursued with regard to the Act which had been passed to amend the law relating to Medical practitioners in the Colonies.
The following Committees were appointed :
1. Read the following Letter :
BRITISH MEDICAL ASSOCIATION,
May 29th, 1868.
The Committee of Council of the British Medical Association have appointed a deputation to wait upon the Medical Council in reference to the further representation of the profession in the Council.
I shall feel greatly obliged if you will kindly inform me on what day it will be convenient for the Council to receive the deputation.
As Saturday and Monday will be very inconvenient days for country
I remain, yours faithfully,
32, Soho Square, London, W.
Moved by Dr. Pager; Seconded by Sir DOMINIC CORRIGAN ; and Agreed to: “ That the request of the Committee of the Council of the
British Medical Association be acceded to, and that the deputation appointed by them be received by the Medical Council on Tuesday, June 30th, at 3 P.M."
2. Moved by Dr. ANDREW Wood; Seconded by Dr. ALEXANDER Wood; and Agreed to: “ That the reference from the Scottish Branch Council on the
subject of Lunacy Certificates (see Minutes of Executive Committee, Feb. 26, 1868, No. 80, p. 6) be referred to a Committee, who shall consider the subject, in concert with Mr. Ouvry, and report to the Council.”
3. Moved by Mr. CÆSAR HAWKINS ; Seconded by Dr. Paget; and Agreed to: “That the Letter from the Medical Department of the Privy
Council of November 23rd, 1867 (see Minutes, vol. v., pp. 280, 302, 344), together with the Letters from the various Licensing Bodies connected with the subject of Vaccination, be referred to a Committee, to draw up for the approval of the General Council an answer to the Privy Council."
Mr. CÆSAR HAWKINS, Chairman.
4. Moved by Dr. PAGET; Seconded by Dr. PARKES; and Agreed to:
“ That the Observations of the Licensing Bodies upon the
Report of the Committee of the Medical Council on the
OBSERVATIONS BY THE LICENSING BODIES
THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE MEDICAL COUNCIL
VISITATIONS OF EXAMINATIONS.
ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS, LONDON, S.W.
November 4th, 1867. SIR,
I am directed by the Royal College of Physicians of London to transmit to you, for the information of the General Medical Council, the accompanying Observations on the Report of the Committee of the General Medical Council on the Visitations of Examinations, as requested in your letter of 29th June last.
Copies of the Bye-Laws referred to are sent herewith.
I am, SIR,
Registrar of the General Medical Council.
OBSERVATIONS OF THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF
PHYSICIANS OF LONDON.
1. With regard to the PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION, the General Medical Council having recommended in 1859 “That the Examination in General Education be eventually left entirely to the Examining Boards of National Educational Bodies recognized by the Medical Council,” the College has, in accordance with that recommendation, discontinued the Preliminary Examination, accepting in lieu thereof a testamur of proficiency in General Education given by any of the Bodies recognized by the Medical Council.
2. In reference to the paragraph at page 4, relative to the mode of conducting the PROFESSIONAL EXAMINATIONS, the College is of opinion that the Committee has been misled by the Report of the Visitors, printed at page 8 of the Reports for 1866-67, which states—“ The examination of candidates by a single Examiner, without any colleague or assessor, appears to us to be open to obvious objection.” The College desires to state that its Examinations are not so conducted, but that every candidate is always examined on each subject by two Examiners ; and the College is not satisfied that the suggestion of the Committee would be an improvement, viz., that the two Examiners should always be present at the same table.
3. The College has already made a change in the mode of conducting its ANATOMICAL EXAMINATIONS, and thus anticipated the suggestion of the Committee on this point.
4. As regards the recommendation of the Committee that separate decisions should be given in the WRITTEN, ORAL, and CLINICAL EXAMINATIONS, the College begs to state that the final decision in each case has always been framed with special reference
to the written, oral, and clinical Examinations, and that a trial will be made of the plan recommended by the Committee, that the decision on each part of the Examinations should be expressed more distinctly.
5. In conclusion, the College begs leave to direct the attention of the General Medical Council to certain alterations in the course of study required to be undergone by candidates for the MEMBERSHIP and LICENCE, and in the mode of conducting the Examinations, and which alterations are briefly as follows:
In the course of study for the MEMBERSHIP, a knowledge of Surgery and Midwifery, as well as of Medicine, is now required of all candidates for the Membership.
The period of study of CLINICAL MEDICINE and CLINICAL SURGERY is further extended.
In the course of study for the LICENCE, candidates are permitted to pass a certain portion of the required four years of Professional Studies, “receiving instruction as the pupil of a legally qualified Practitioner holding any public appointment which affords opportunities, satisfactory to the Examiners, of imparting a practical knowledge of Medicine, Surgery, or Midwifery.”
The requirements having reference to the study of SURGERY are now the same as those of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
The period of study of CLINICAL MEDICINE is further extended.
In the Examinations for the MEMBERSHIP and LICENCE, candidates for the Membership of the College, not being Graduates in Medicine of a University in the United Kingdom, nor otherwise specially exempted by the Bye-Laws, are required to pass three Examinations at stated intervals. The first two Examinations are the same as those passed by candidates for the College Licence; the third or pass Examination for the Membership, is more comprehensive than heretofore, including “the Principles of Public Health,” and “Psychological Medicine" as additional subjects of Examination.
The Examinations, both for the MEMBERSHIP and LICENCE of the College, are now conducted to a considerable extent in a