Teaching and learning ethics
Polemic: five proposals for a medical school admission policy
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I have been accused of creating "prejudices" and of "force-feeding" others my own viewpoint. This seems a bit strong. Yes, it was a polemic, and so is by definition one-sided, but this should be taken as an invitation to discussion about what I think is an important question: which applicants are most likely to become the best doctors? And that itself depends on the question of what is a good doctor....
Although Cowley (Polemic: five proposals for a medical school admission policy J Med Ethics 2006; 32: 491-494) writes an engaging and entertaining account of how medical school selection criteria could be modified to avoid many of the traditional biases, my main criticism is that the author creates his own prejudices by force feeding us his own viewpoint instead of providing a truly objective and balanc...
- I read with interest the article titled "Polemic: five proposals for a medical school admission policy" by C Cowley.
There are two points I would like to make. As a pre-clinical Medical Student i can appreciate the advantage of having a humanities 'A' Level as this will lead to students acquiring skills that they may not normally acquire in a Science 'A' Level, for example the ability to write...
Dear Mr. Lammy,
Thank you for your detailed comments on my article. They were certainly a lot more constructive than some of the bizarre abuse I received on doctors.net.uk. I would like to respond to some of your points:
1. I certainly do not suggest that the average medical student is a "stereotypical ancient social neanderthal." Of course medics have a wide variety of hobbies. But (i) there is surel...
The recommendations suggested by C Cowley (Polemic: five proposals for a medical school admission policy J Med Ethics 2006; 32: 491-494) although appearing thoughly insightful purely represent another attempt by another medical educationalist who spends more time thinking about training this great nations future doctors than training them.
Concerning his first recommendation the fanciful notion...