Medical entrance exams killing practical standards in medicine

Posted by KETAN VAGHOLKAR on Tue, Nov 8, 2011  
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With the upsurgence of entrance exams at all levels of education  viz. for MBBS, MS and Mch courses, students have started ignoring practical work in hospitals. They are justified in feeling it to be a waste of time as their future depends upon their scores in entrance exams.The concept of all India entrance exam is absurb in the context of a huge country like ours with such linguistic and educational diversity. What is important in medicine is practical knowledge and application skills. These are acquired only by practice and not by solving MCQ type of questions.Another error is the pattern of questions in Indian Entrance exams which is grossly ridiculous. Every question should be problem based and have clinical relevance. Asking questions on statistics and factual basic sciences is stupid and ridiculous. Its high time proper entrance exams such as the USMLE are set into place to improve the medical standards in our country.

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