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Furthermore when you think about it, the new system, I believe, will now actually culture a mind-set within medical students where ‘results are everything.’ Why? Because the only thing that will determine your F1 job will be exam results and how well you are able to answer the same questions you were asked way back when you were applying to get into medical school in the first place. Why bother with actively taking part in committees or taking part in representing your year group nationally when all that will matter in the end is how well you did in the exams?
Even more distressing, the new system now favours the medical student who only wishes to stay in their room and revise all the time instead of the medical student who is willing to go out and make a difference in aspects of the university or wider community. Isn't this new method trying to stop this from happening?
Furthermore, if you are able to get people online to ‘write your White Space answers,’ then how long before an online course to ‘Beat the SJT’ springs up or something similar to the well attended Medlink courses carried out every year?
Finally, and for me most importantly, when all comes to pass, how under a system of additional exams (something I do not think any right minded medical student would welcome), will we be able to show what being a medical student has meant to us? Those implementing this new system go into great length about how this will improve how to assess a medical students performance while on the degree? But how do you demonstrate how specific experiences throughout the course- be it from student selected components, our elective abroad, an intercalated degree or roles in committees, have shaped us into the doctor that now applies for that first job?
A string of numbers from our school that gives us a rank in our year group? I don't think so.This discussion post is a copy of my response to an article published on Student BMJ in August of 2011 which is linked below.