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Medical students' compliance with simple administrative tasks and success in final examinations: retrospective cohort study

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 29 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1554
  1. Neil Wright (, lecturer in paediatrics,
  2. M S Tanner, professor of paediatrics
  1. Sheffield Children's Hospital, Sheffield S10 2TH
  1. Correspondence to: N Wright
  • Accepted 6 February 2002

Medical students at the University of Sheffield are asked to provide a recent passport photograph at the start of their paediatric module. The pictures are collated, photocopied, and distributed to the wards, teachers, and hospitals within the paediatric programme. This makes identification easier and facilitates pastoral support and assessment.

We studied whether students who were unable to comply with simple administrative tasks—for example, supplying a photograph—were more likely to struggle and subsequently to fail their end of year examinations.

Methods and results

All students received a written and a verbal request for …

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