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Australian exam “shambles” forces registrars into resits

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k844 (Published 21 February 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k844
  1. Paul Smith
  1. Sydney

Over 1000 registrars will have to retake their medical exams after an IT meltdown forced the Royal Australasian College of Physicians to abort its online test.

It was the first time the college had used computers for its Written Divisional exam, which registrars must pass to progress to advanced training.

The exam was held at test centres in 16 cities in Australia and New Zealand on 19 February. But an “unknown technical fault” prevented some candidates from logging back on after the lunch break.

One doctor, who did not want to be named, said that an error message flashed up on her screen as she finished the first part of the exam. “They couldn’t tell me what …

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