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AMA – Medical admission test is not a valid predictor of academic performance

MJA media release: The Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT) does not reliably predict academic performance at university, according to a study published in the Medical Journal of Australia. In 2009, 14 universities in Australia and New Zealand used the UMAT as part of their selection processes for accepting students into medical degree …
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Public patients scared into paying for ‘superior’ treatment

When a patient ‘goes private’ in the public hospital system they get to choose which physician or surgeon looks after them. Recently in a newsletter for the MJA, Dr. Henry Woo, a urologist and Professor of Surgery, noted that conflict of interests exists when discussing the risks and benefits of staying a public patient versus …
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Amanda Vanstone, SMH: Uni students get a free ride for too long with their HECS debt

We pander to the snobbish middle-class at the expense of other school-leavers. We like to fancy ourselves as being a great nation of egalitarians. Yet when you look closely, we do not always pass the test. Nobody sensible believes that equality of opportunity should mean equality of outcome. But we do like to think that …
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BMJ – Ethnicity and academic performance in UK trained doctors and medical students:

Published this week in the BMJ is a meta-analysis comparing educational achievement of medical students and doctors in the UK with ethnicity. Almost 24000 candidates were included with the primary measure being to compare white vs. non-white ethnic groups. Candidates of the non-white group significantly underperformed compared to white candidates but heterogeneity was present in …
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ABC – Doctors probed over narcotic prescriptions

Fifty doctors are being investigated as part of a national crackdown on inappropriate prescribing of narcotics. Medicare is carrying out the three-month campaign following high levels of prescriptions for drugs such as OxyContin and OxyNorm. One GP has been found to be writing over 90 per cent of their prescriptions for narcotics. There are concerns …
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eMJA – Progress in virtual reality simulators for surgical training and certification

Abstract There is increasing evidence that educating trainee surgeons by simulation is preferable to traditional operating-room training methods with actual patients. Apart from reducing costs and risks to patients, training by simulation can provide some unique benefits, such as greater control over the training procedure and more easily defined metrics for assessing proficiency. Virtual reality …
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BMJ – Widening access to medical education for under-represented socioeconomic groups

Abstract Objective To determine whether new programmes developed to widen access to medicine in the United Kingdom have produced more diverse student populations. Design Population based cross sectional analysis. Setting 31 UK universities that offer medical degrees. Participants 34 407 UK medical students admitted to university in 2002-6. Main outcome measures Age, sex, socioeconomic status, and …
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News: Notre Dame (Syd) in hot water over accreditation

The University of Notre Dame (Sydney) (UNDS) is continuing in its struggle to maintain AMC accreditation this year following the resignation of its Dean in May last year. The school successfully implemented the first and second years of its curriculum, attaining maximum accreditation for these periods, but has so far struggled to find adequate clinical …