MISGUIDED, Australian Doctor (28 March 2010)

EDITOR: Regarding the news of the MJA study finding that GAMSAT does not predict which medical students will perform well during their degree (‘Med school tests under fire, AD 21 March), the fundamental problem is the misguided decision taken by some medical schools to move from school leaver entry to graduate entry.

It is to be expected that the GAMSAT or the GPA are not good tools for selecting potential doctors since they merely test knowledge. With knowledge being freely available in the electronic world we live in, it is far better to test their generic skills instead, which is what the UCAT (School leaver entry test) does.

A properly designed school leaver entry system with UCAT in combination with an interview is a better way of selecting medical students.