News bites: Medical education
Personality traits can be tested reliably in applicants to medical school - Psychometric tests seem to be a reliable way of assessing medical school applicants' personality traits and ethical and moral reasoning, as well as their cognitive ability, a study has found. The new test - the personal qualities assessment - was tested in medical schools in the United Kingdom, Australia, Israel, and Fiji. The study showed that cognitive ability did not vary with sex or educational background, although it tended to be lower in applicants from more deprived backgrounds. Applicants from independent and state funded schools had similar psychometric scores. The authors concluded that applicants from deprived backgrounds would not be disadvantaged by an admissions process based on the instrument (Medical Education 2005;39:258-65).
UK Postgraduate medical curriculum launched The operational framework for the new foundation programmes in the United Kingdom has now been launched. The document outlines how the