If at first you don't succeed… sue

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 20 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:950
  1. Kieran Walsh (, clinical editor
  1. BMJ Learning

    In times past if you failed an exam at medical school you had a “long dark tea time of the soul.” You asked yourself why you spent all that time in the college bar, the snooker hall, or in classical civilisation lectures. You vowed not to leave it all to the last minute for the repeats. But these days—in the United States at least—if you don't succeed you can always sue.

    Firstly, you and your lawyers can look at the validity of the exam. If you pass the exam does that mean that that you're ready to work as a doctor? If …

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