Only the best: medical student selection in Australia

Tarun K Sen Gupta, Richard B Murray and Robin A Ray
Med J Aust 2012; 196 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.10665
Published online: 18 June 2012

To the Editor: Wilson and colleagues thoughtfully summarise medical school selection procedures, highlighting the need for greater social accountability.1 We would strengthen the aim of choosing applicants with “the characteristics required to be competent medical practitioners”1 by arguing they should also be responsive to community needs.

  • School of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University, Townsville, Qld.


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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>
  • 2. Ferguson E, James D, Madeley L. Factors associated with success in medical school: systematic review of the literature. BMJ 2002; 324: 952-957.
  • 3. Norman G. The morality of medical school admissions [editorial]. Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract 2004; 9: 79-82.


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