Straight A’s at A level are no longer sufficient to get into medical school. You have to be the right sort of person too. There is a test.. to determine who are the right sort of people to become doctors.
I found this out because someone I know who is an exceptionally high achiever, and a good thinker, is not getting any offers from Universities to study Medicine, and has fallen foul of the new selection criteria.
Here are some extracts from a couple of websites:
“a previous testing regime, MSAT or Medical Schools Admissions Test is now no longer a requirement for entry into certain Universities, where it has been replaced by a much more expensive examination, the UKCAT which is now applicable for entry to most medical schools.”
“Of the entrance exams used, the UKCAT or UK Clinical Aptitude Test is a test new to medical schools and the one you are most likely to have to sit (approximately 23 medical schools currently use UKCAT as an entry requirement although this number is expected to increase).
” It is not a test of knowledge and is meant to test problem-solving, logical reasoning, critical thinking and information management. It helps medical schools decide who, out of all the suitable applicants, will be the best suited to the mental abilities and professional behaviour required of a successful doctor”.
And some helpful advice to those who will take the test:
“Your task is to read each passage of text carefully and then decide whether the statements follow logically from the information in the passage. For each statement, there are three answer options you can choose from:
True: This means that, on the basis of the information in the passage, the statement is true or logically follows for the passage.
False: This means that, on the basis of the information in the passage, the statement is false.
Can’t tell: This means that you cannot tell from the information in the passage whether the state is true or false.”
My guess is that the tests are filtering out people that will not obey, who might smell a rat in what they are being required to do to patients. They are selecting for obedience. JULIA
TAP Or you could see it this way. They are quite specifically selecting people according their ability to reason verbally. You would expect them to focus on their ability to understand the science behind the medical treatments, as presumably the earlier tests did. Now they want effectively not doctors but lawyers, who know how to deliver a political, rather than a medical programme. Willingness to obey has to be a given in any programme of deception, but powerful verbal reasoning is also required to overpower the objections from the public, becoming suspicious of programmes which are killing and weakening more and more kids, and causing more and more people to die younger. The lawyers have to be kept at bay, as a far higher priority than saving life. In fact for more people to be poisoned with pharmacy, vaccines and wrong treatments, doctors are not needed at all, but lawyers, who can handle a brief. Hence the complete change in the selection criteria.
The last thing they want are people who understand science, equipped with enough knowledge to realise what they are being required to do.
Sadly,the UK medical schools have dropped the hard sciences and have opted for problem based learning,PBL. The poor saps who enter the school are left to flounder in subjects like anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and maybe pharmacology and more. These are hard difficult subjects difficult to learn with a professor. Just imagine having to eke out the knowledge on your own! Doctors taught under PBL will be subpar and know it. Many return to take additional courses in clinical pharmacology just to get to get to grips with the basics of what drug is for what disease. The only winners in this will be lawyers.
TAP. The biggest winners will be the pharmaceutical companies who can pretty well instruct doctors what to administer to patients, once the doctors know nothing. The lawywers will lose out once the doctors have effectively become the lawyers. The biggest losers will be the patients forced to consume endless addictive pharmaceutical products which slowly kill them. Natural remedies which actually work will be forcibly eliminated from all discussion.