Intended for healthcare professionals


Standardising the process versus improving the methods

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 27 April 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1008
  1. Geoffrey R Norman (, assistant dean, program for educational research and development1
  1. 1 Michael DeGroote Centre for Learning (MDCL), McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada L8N 3Z5
  • Accepted 22 February 2006

Parry and colleagues surveyed 22 English medical schools to determine their approach to admissions.1 Their major concern is the lack of uniformity across schools, and their solution is the implementation of a centralised admissions process.

This may make good economic sense as there is little point in individual schools trying, for example, to create a standardised cognitive test to supplement or replace A levels. But if the goal of centralisation is simply to create greater uniformity, I think the effort may be misspent. In reviewing their …

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