A level results are reliable measure of success in medical careers, report says
- By: Upasana Tayal
A level results can predict long term career success in medicine, according to a paper recently published in the BMJ by researchers at University College London (2003;327:00-00).
Professor I C McManus and colleagues followed up over 500 doctors who had studied at Westminster medical school, London, between 1975 and 1982 and measured how successful their careers had been. They looked at dropout rates, how long it took students to get to different career grades, the number of research publications they had, and at measures of their stress and burnout levels. The students had all taken A level exams and were also all given an AH5 intelligence test when they entered clinical school.
When they compared whether A level results or intelligence were better predictors for long term success, the researchers found that it was the A level results that came out on top. Past achievement seems to predict future achievement.