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School exam results matter in medical job applications

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 04 March 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:585
  1. R E Weir, visual science research fellow1,
  2. F H Zaidi, visual science research fellow2,
  3. D E J Whitehead, senior house officer3,
  4. R E MacLaren, lecturer in human anatomy4
  1. Institute of Ophthalmology, London EC1V 9EL
  2. Department of Ophthalmology, Imperial College, London W6 8RP
  3. Charing Cross Hospital, Ear Nose and Throat, London W6 8RF
  4. Merton College, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 4JD

    EDITOR—Last month's report from the Working Group on 14-19 Reform announced 6-7 point assessment scales reforming current A level grading, welcoming counteraction of grade inflation and findings that A level mathematics fail to meet higher education needs.13

    McManus et al identified speed of career progression and attainment of postgraduate qualifications as indicators of vocational success in medicine.4 These principal outcome measures were used to justify the use of A level results as intelligence indicators during selection for …

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