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Deans outline the MIR model for optimal access to the Medicine Course

Pablo Lara, Inmaculada Ballesteros and Luis Capitan.

In the midst of a debate over reform and the need to standardize the university access system, the deans of the faculties of Medicine put on the table the proposal of an exclusive model of access to this university career. To deal with the “uncertainty that affects many students” when trying to access a degree, they say “a single calendar of access to Medicine vacancies similar to the one carried out for the election of MIR vacancies”.

In this way, it will be allowed “determine before the beginning of the course the allocation of vacancies so that all are covered”as explained Medical Writing the president of the National Conference of Rectors of Faculties of Medicine, Paul Lara.

On the other hand, it points out that if any student can access to study at any public university with the EBAU (Bachelor’s Assessment for University Access) grade, “it would be desirable for the exam to be common, but the powers for this decision belong to the autonomous communities, which have opted for the current system in which these tests are differentiated by territory”. Although, regrets that “a single exam is not possible”as this would depend on the agreement of the 17 autonomous communities, which transferred the competences in education.

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A test to access a fairer medicine

For your part, Immaculate Ballesterosdean of the Faculty of Medicine of Ciudad Real of the University of Castilla-La Mancha, agrees that “the homogeneity in the test would be fairer for all the students”. Regarding the exam model, he rules out that it is entirely multiple-choice, as is the case with the MIR, because in the EBAU exams with open answers “they are also very useful for Assess whether concepts are understood or whether students make spelling mistakes, they know how to write, etc.” In his opinion, this is “very valuable for university access”.

On the same line remains Louis CaptainDean of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Seville: “That the EBAU exam be universal, with no differences between autonomous communities, is desirable”. However, he laments that “this is very difficult to achieve because there is a growing trend for communities to be more independent and go their own way.”

“A MIR-like viewpoint for the EBAU would be much more desirable”, because with a single exam and a unified day “no one doubts that number 1 is number 1 by merit”. This is the positive of the test type in relation to open-response exams such as the EBAU, where the grade “depends on many factors”.

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“That the EBAU exam be universal, with no differences between autonomous communities, is desirable”



The MIR Multiple Choice Exam Problem

However, the Captain recognizes that these exam models, with questions to be developed, “should not be missed”, as they allow the measurement of “skills and abilities, not just knowledge”. “One of the problems with the MIR exam, which is a type of test, is that people come in with real relationship deficit problems”. “If we limit ourselves to a test, we cannot measure whether a student is able to write or solve a problem.” This is, in his opinion, a major “downside” of the MIR multiple-choice exam.

Furthermore, the captain argues that bachelor’s degree continues to be taken into account in the EBAU, and indicates that grade classification is something the MIR exam “must take into account”. Because? “You can have a bad day at the MIR and neutralize it with the test score”moat.

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