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Medical students skipped training placements and stayed up overnight to book exam slot

BMJ 2021; 375 doi: (Published 08 October 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n2470
  1. Pat Lok
  1. The BMJ

Problems with the online booking system for a compulsory exam have caused significant disruption for medical students for the second year in a row.1

The situational judgement test is a compulsory examination for entry to the UK foundation programme, designed to test the attributes needed to work as a foundation doctor. It accounts for 50% of a student’s foundation programme application score.

This year, for the second year in a row, medical students will sit the exam at Pearson VUE testing centres rather than at their university. Booking an exam slot at one of these centres operates online on a first come, first served basis, and students are advised to …

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