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Achieving equal standards in medical student education: is a national exit examination the answer?

Ken Cox
Med J Aust 2005; 183 (3): 166-168.
Published online: 1 August 2005

To the Editor: The recent article by Koczwara and colleagues proposing a national exit examination for medical students1 prompted me to recall a 1970 trial of a national examination in surgery.2 Seven of the then eight medical schools participated. Interstate differences were wide for some questions; separate analyses of the 15 teaching hospitals showed variation to be even wider within a university than between universities. Do local differences still undermine the validity of a national examination?

  • Ken Cox

  • 8 Vernon Street, Hunters Hill, NSW 2110.

Correspondence: Ken.Cox@unsw.edu.au

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