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Thousands of medical students in “unacceptable” situation after foundation school allocation error

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f1394 (Published 28 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1394

Re: Thousands of medical students in “unacceptable” situation after foundation school allocation error

While it is commendable to look at ‘soft skills’, it has to be borne in mind that ‘soft skills’ could be easily faked on ‘situational tests’.(1).

Isn’t it better to focus on medical knowledge which cannot be faked? An intelligent person with medical knowledge could be trained to have better soft skills but it much harder to get someone lacking medical knowledge to acquire deeper knowledge.

Moreover, ranking which is weighted towards medical knowledge is much fairer; more like democracy, which is not perfect but much fairer than other forms of government.

Ref
1. Thomas C. Thousands of medical students in “unacceptable” situation after foundation school allocation error. BMJ 2013;346:f1394

Competing interests: No competing interests

11 March 2013
S Sundar
Consultant Oncologist
Nottingham
NG5 1PB