Medical entry exam does measure ‘emotional intelligence’, say operators

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration, Research on September 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The group behind the Hpat assessment, which is taken by students hoping to pursue a career in medicine, has defended the test’s ability to assess emotional intelligence, saying it successfully examines candidates’ ‘thoughts, feelings and behaviour’. Research published last week by doctors from University College Cork found that Hpat assessment results were not consistent with students’ self-reported empathy levels …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 11 September]

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The HPAT and the Cult of Empathy

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The recent media coverage around the HPAT is interesting for two reasons. Firstly, the idea that you should even attempt to test an 18/19-year old’s character for its suitability for a career in medicine before subjecting them to six years of tough undergraduate study followed by a grueling apprenticeship as a junior doctor, seems daft …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 11 September]

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Study finds HPAT does not accurately measure empathy

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new study has shown that the Health Professions Admission Test (HPAT) does not accurately test empathetic or interpersonal skills. The study, which was published in the British Medical Journal Open, assessed empathy levels in 290 undergraduate medical students from University College Cork …” (more)

[Aoife Ní Chadhain, Trinity News, 8 September]

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‘Inaccurate to claim HPAT is not doing its job’ – Body that administers exam

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Australian body which administers an Irish medical education screening test warned it was inaccurate to claim it was not doing what it was originally designed for. The Australian Council for Education Research (ACER) administers the Health Professions Admissions Test (HPAT) which all Irish prospective medical students must sit alongside their Leaving Cert …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 8 September]

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Empathy levels of doctors ‘not properly tested’ in entry exam

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Empathy levels and emotional intelligence are not being properly assessed under the Health Professions Admission Test (Hpat) which was introduced to make medical school more accessible to aspiring doctors, researchers claim. Doctors from University College Cork (UCC) say results from the Hpat assessment, which is a requirement for students hoping to pursue a career in medicine, were not consistent with students’ self-reported empathy levels …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 4 September]

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‘No evidence HPAT exam is doing what it was designed for’ – study

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new study has found no evidence that a test specifically designed to assist Irish people with strong interpersonal skills and empathy to enter the medical profession is doing what it was designed for. The examination, the Health Professions Admissions Test (HPAT), was introduced in 2009 in a bid to widen the entry access to medical courses in Ireland …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 3 September]

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University entry, essays and aptitude tests

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Dr David Doran (August 26th) rightly condemns the health professions admission test (HPAT) for entry to medicine as unproven, unreliable, unfair and absurd, and suggests that an egalitarian and fair alternative should be sought …” (more)

[John McAvoy, Irish Times, 12 September]

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Medical school entry and HPAT

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – While forms of aptitude testing have certainly been in use for some time, there is a lack of evidence to suggest that the predictive value of such an aptitude test has had a positive impact on the selection of medical students and future doctors …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 26 August]

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Studying medicine and the HPAT test

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – HPAT has long been criticised by various groups for being unverified and unreliable, but what is the alternative? If HPAT is scrapped, the points required for medicine will skyrocket …” (more)

[Edward Boyapati, Irish Times, 25 August]

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Medical school entry and the HPAT test

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – As CAO points for undergraduate medical school entry drop further again this year, some may suggest that this may be the first positive impact of the HPAT aptitude test introduced seven years ago …” (more)

[Dara Kilmartin, Irish Times, 24 August]

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HPat scores for medical school entry down for second year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 22nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The scores recorded in the HPat assessment for medical school entry have fallen for the second year in a row. A student getting 194 marks (out of 300) in the Hpat in 2013 had 10% of students ahead of them, whereas …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 22 June]

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Medical entry system failing patients and graduates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A leading consultant in emergency medicine has hit out at Ireland’s inability to keep medical graduates in the country, blaming a ‘fatuous’ entry system. Chris Luke, an A&E specialist based in Cork, described this problem as ‘the greatest threat’ to the quality of care in emergency departments …” (more)

[Kelly O’Brien, Irish Examiner, 24 March]

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Medical graduates

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – It is now ten years since I wrote to The Irish Times, lamenting the declining retention rate among our precious medical graduates. Far too many of them were opting out of full-time careers to pursue ‘work-life-balance’ …” (more)

[Chris Luke, Irish Times, 12 March]

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Medical careers and admissions test

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 21st, 2014 by steve

“Sir, – The proposal of Dr Chris Luke (August 19th) to remove the HPAT (Health Professions Admission Test) as a measure to persuade newly qualified doctors to remain in Ireland highlights the ongoing disconnect between non-consultant hospital doctors and their senior colleagues in medical and management positions …” (more)

[Steven Maloney, Irish Times, 21 August]

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Medical careers and admissions test

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 19th, 2014 by steve

“Sir, – If the HPAT (Health Professions Admissions Test) was ‘originally introduced as a predictor of suitability for a career in medicine’ (‘Points for medicine fall sharply after test restructure’, Home News, August 18th), it must surely now be deemed a failure …” (more)

[Chris Luke, Irish Times, 19 August]

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Points for medicine fall sharply after test restructure

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 18th, 2014 by steve

“The points for undergraduate medical entry have fallen dramatically this year across all five colleges. This follows the restructuring of the HPAT marking scheme in 2009 …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 18 August]

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Universities eye changes to selection systems

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 12th, 2014 by steve

“The use of student statements, school reports, and giving extra points to students from disadvantaged schools, are among a range of selection systems being considered by universities. While it will be another three years before any such changes are introduced …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 12 August]

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State Examinations – HPAT

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 17th, 2014 by steve

Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the effectiveness of the HPAT examination as part of the examination qualification for entry to medicine courses; his views on recent reports that grind courses are being given to prepare students to perform better in this HPAT examination; if the HPAT examination is serving its purpose of broadening entry to medicine and ensuing a fair entrance system; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 16 April]

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Concerns about HPat medical school entrance exam need to be urgently addressed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 18th, 2014 by steve

“A report in this newspaper that the medical school entrance examination, the HPat, is being investigated amid claims that students had prior knowledge of some of the questions that appeared in the exam is disturbing …” (more)

[Irish Times, 18 March]

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Medical entry test under scrutiny

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 11th, 2014 by steve

“Sir, – Dr Siún O’Flynn of the medical faculty of University College Cork, speaking of the Australian HPAT test used in selection for Irish medical courses, tells us that it is important ‘that every candidate gets an equal chance’ …” (more)

[Seán McDonagh, Irish Times, 11 March]

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