Should job applications be meritocratic?
In four months time, when I apply for my first postregistration house officer job, my overall worth as a doctor will be represented by a number between one and 400-the number of people in my year. The new application process in the United Kingdom gives a numerical value to everything on my CV, from exam results to voluntary work, and the sum total is added up to give me a personal score. This then determines my rank in the year.
The concept of being ranked according to exam results is not new to me. At least it acts as a useful guide about the amount of revision I did before an exam. But the notion that a ranking can somehow reflect the infinite number of qualities that constitute a good doctor, strikes me as not only short sighted but downright insulting.
How is the committee to determine, for example, whether