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A comparison of performances of consultant surgeons, NCHDs and medical students in a modified HPAT examination.
Quinn, Alison; Corrigan, Mark A; Broderick, J; McEntee, G; Hill, Arnold DK
<p>The original article is avaliable at <a href="http://www.imj.ie">www.imj.ie</a></p> <p>Following the implementation of the Fottrell report, entry to medical school in Ireland has undergone significant change. Medical school studentship is now awarded based on a combination of points obtained from the final examination of Irish secondary schools (the leaving certificate) combined with HPAT scores (Health Professions Admissions Test). The HPAT is designed to test a candidate's knowledge in several different fields including problem solving skills, logical and non verbal reasoning. A sample HPAT was administered to a test group composed of consultant surgeons, non consultant hospital doctors, and medical students. Statistical analysis was performed and no significant difference was found between the performances of the groups. This is surprising as it was expected that groups with greater experience at medical problem solving would have translated to higher scores. This exposes a flaw within the HPAT system and a potential weakness in the process of doctor selection.</p>
Keyword(s): Adult; Chi-Square Distribution; Clinical Competence; Educational Measurement; Female; General Surgery; Humans; Ireland; Male; Physicians; School Admission Criteria; Schools; Medical; Students; Medicine and Health Sciences; Surgery
Publication Date:
2010
Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Institution: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Citation(s): Quinn A, Corrigan MA, Broderick J, McEntee G, Hill AD. A comparison of performances of consultant surgeons, NCHDs and medical students in a modified HPAT examination. Irish Medical Journal. 2010;103(6):172-3.
File Format(s): application/pdf
Related Link(s): http://epubs.rcsi.ie/surgart/18
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