News in brief: March 2010
Four junior doctors in Welsh hospitals are having to repeat their final year at Cardiff University after it emerged that they had been wrongly told that they had passed their finals. The students worked at four separate hospitals in Wales for 10 days last year before the university’s mistake was discovered. They made no important decisions about patient care, were subsequently suspended, and are now repeating their final year.
The university has apologised to the students for the error, has created two new positions to oversee procedures, and is also pulling forward the date for students’ written final bachelor of medicine exams to May to give more time for results to be verified in the future (www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2010/02/01/early-exams-for-medical-students-after-cardiff-university-marking-blunder-91466-25736130/ and http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/8491577.stm).
The UK Medical Schools Council has started piloting a system to match final year medical students to foundation jobs to replace “white space” questions with an invigilated exam marked by machine.