New test hopes to boost med school recruitment

Br J Cardiol 2017;24:135 Leave a comment
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A new advisory careers test has been designed with the aim of transforming the recruitment of potential doctors. It is hoped the test will address the shortage of GPs and emergency doctors in the NHS, and give pupils from all backgrounds equal opportunities. Historically state sector students have been at a disadvantage over private school pupils.

The 90-minute online test ‘Fit to be a Doctor?’ is aimed at 14–18 year olds to provide guidance whilst they are still at school. The developers believe it is the first test of its kind on the market, which gives aspiring medical students practical guidance on precisely what standards they need to reach to improve their chances in the highly competitive entry application process for medical careers.

Each test taker will receive detailed support and advice to help them improve their skills across the board, before they sit medical school entry tests. To help them further, the Royal Society of Medicine is also making available to each test taker the latest research and best-practices from its video library.

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