Only the best: medical student selection in Australia

Jeffrey V Rosenfeld
Med J Aust 2012; 196 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.10549
Published online: 18 June 2012

To the Editor: The article by Wilson and colleagues concludes with the words: “... to ensure that only those applicants most likely to succeed are selected for medical training”.1 What does the word “succeed” really mean? Success is not only measured by the award of the MB BS (or MD). Academic brilliance and commitment to lifelong learning are not sufficient either. Compassion, kindness, respect for others and the ability to work cooperatively in teams are also hallmarks of success in medicine.

  • Neurosurgery Department, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.


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  • 1. Wilson IG, Roberts C, Flynn EM, Griffin B. Only the best: medical student selection in Australia. Med J Aust 2012; 196: 357. <MJA full text>


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