Thursday, March 30, 2023

The first individual aptitude test in medicine: clinical and voluntary

Medical student in hospital.

The Faculty of Medicine of Catalonia gives First Step to Apply Personal Aptitude Test to those students who want to study medicine in spain, Next September, the start date of the 2022-2023 academic year, medical students in the region will participate in a pilot test voluntarily, anonymously and whose purpose is diagnosis To its establishment in the near future with all guarantees.

This is confirmed by Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of the University of Rovira i Virgil (URV) and the coordinator of the Personal Aptitude Test (PAP) of Medicine of Catalonia, Antoni Castro Salomoin an interview with medical writing And this Research and University Department, Castro explains that the test is “in a validation process” and “Do not expect to be required to enter the race”, However, in 2020 the agents involved in the project announced that the measure Will be applicable from 2022-2023 academic year,

Once the design phase is completed, the testing phase is currently underway. ,We have to make sure what we want to measureso that testing is discriminatory and reliable,” Castro says. “Everything we do We have to improve what we have, We have to be sure of these changes in order to test it,” he added.

In September, validation tests will be conducted along with individual competency pilot testing, to ascertain the results of its possible implementation. Castro makes it clear that “these tests They will be of no importance to the students. that they do it, it will be a Voluntary and anonymous testing To find out whether the test works or not.

in that line, Research and University Department note that “Working group just finishing the evidence, which will be carried out in a coordinated manner across all Catalan universities and will be voluntary. Personal aptitude test will be conducted as a pilot test and above all with a clinical purpose,

Deans insist on modifying access to medicine

“All the Deans of the Faculties of Medicine in Catalonia agree on the need to Modify the access mechanism to the degree, i believe It’s a mistake to continue as before Because there is no country in our environment that does not have an individual competency test”, Castro claims. Addressed at the 79th General Assembly of the National Conference of Deans of the Spanish Faculty of Medicine (Cndfme) held last March.

The working group focuses on improving the current access system and handles several options: a qualifying exam for newly admitted medicine degree students or a pre-selectivity test, a more “complicated path because it is a general process throughout the state”. However, its purpose is Individual aspects are taken into accountIn addition to intellectuals, students at the time of admission to the degree of Medicine “Choosing the Best Raw Material to Be a Good Doctor”Maintains Test Coordinator.

“We all agree that Access to Medicine Degrees Not Ideal And this test will serve to ensure that the student entering is better than the one entering now”, defends Castro. These individual aptitude tests are already in place in Belgium, Holland, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, Ireland, are established in countries such as Australia and Canada, among others, and had a Agreement reached in Edinburgh Declaration De la World Federation of Medical Education.

However, the final decision of when and from which course this test will be conducted, the firm After analyzing the results of the pilot test will be taken, The Working Group for the Improvement of Medical Studies, created within the framework of the Interuniversity Council of Catalonia (CIC) to improve the initial training of doctors, is working on this. In this sense, the Department of Research and University positively believes that the tests are carried out “Once the student has obtained the degree and not as a condition” and also alleged that “it allows universities to make Tutorial action adapted to the needs of students,

While it may include statements, data or notes from health institutions or professionals, the information contained in medical writing is edited and prepared by journalists. We advise the reader to consult a health professional on any health-related questions.

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