Time to stop meddling?
The scoring systems used to allocate UK junior doctors' training placements are flawed, argues Neel Sharma
Recruitment to foundation and specialty training from 2007 entry is supported by the much criticised online medical training application service (MTAS). Before applying for foundation job posts, my peers and I were told of yet another change to the application process: more than half of our overall score would be derived from our ranking at medical school. Candidates in each quartile are then to be assigned a different score. This is partly a response to a quotation in an article in the Times: “Critics say that the form for students graduating in 2006 is -a bullshitter's charter,' with academic achievements such as A levels and undergraduate qualifications being valued too little and the ability to talk a good story being valued too much.1”
Ranking candidates in this way is likely to please some and spark controversy in others. High flyers should of course be rewarded for their commitment and dedication