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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Latest revelations raise yet more questions about HPAT – Mitchell O’Connor

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 10th, 2014 by steve

“Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire TD and Chair of the Fine Gael Internal Education Committee, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has today (Monday) said that the latest revelations about the HPAT (Health Professionals Admissions Test) raise yet more questions about the medical school entrance exam …” (more)

[Sarah Meade, Fine Gael, 10 March]

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Shift towards teaching and health at third level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 10th, 2014 by steve

“Arts degrees remain the most popular choice for college applicants, but official statistics suggest teaching and health professions have become increasingly attractive …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 10 March]

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Medical entry test under investigation after course questions were used in exam

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 10th, 2014 by steve

“The highly competitive medical school entrance examination, the HPat, is being investigated amid claims that students who attended a popular preparation course had seen and been coached in how to answer some of the questions that appeared in the exam …” (more)

[Grainne Faller, Irish Times, 10 March]

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Decision on HPAT due by end of 2014

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 7th, 2014 by steve

“The number of students sitting the HPAT exam to gain entry to medicine seems to be falling, with the figure for 2014 down slightly on previous years …” (more)

[June Shannon, Irish Medical News, 7 March]

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UCD leads way with merger or collapse of 35 degree courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 24th, 2014 by steve

“University College Dublin has been leading the way in reducing degrees for Leaving Certificate students to pick from, but says it does not automatically mean CAO points drop …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 24 February]

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HPat exam not working, says Minister for Health

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 1st, 2013 by steve

“Minister for Health James Reilly has attacked the HPat exam, sat by those seeking entry to medical school, and also suggests that doctors’ training should be shortened …” (more)

[Paul Cullen, Irish Times, 1 October]

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Boys outperform girls for medical school

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 18th, 2013 by steve

“Boys are outperforming girls academically in the quest for medical school places even though girls generally do better in the Leaving Certificate, according to a new study …” (more)

[Paul Cullen, Irish Times, 18 September]

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Highly motivated students found way to beat the system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 28th, 2013 by steve

“They said it couldn’t be done. Two cornerstones of the Health Professions Admissions Test (HPAT) were that it was not possible to prepare for and that repeating was fruitless …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 28 June]

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Hpat changes to reduce advantage to repeat applicants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 28th, 2013 by steve

“Changes to Hpat, the exam used for entry to university medical schools, are aimed at reducing the potential advantage to applicants who repeat the exam …” (more)

[Joanne Hunt, Irish Times, 28 June]

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Is it time to scrap the points system once and for all?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 17th, 2013 by steve

“College lecturers, students, teachers and parents all complain about the Leaving Cert points race. But, until now, successive ministers and colleges have resisted the temptation to break it apart and try something new …” (more)

[Kim Bielenberg, Independent, 16 January]

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HPAT has had little impact – RCSI President

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 22nd, 2012 by steve

“The President of the RCSI has indicated that the addition of the Health Professionals Admission Test (HPAT) for entry into medical school has not had any visible impact …” (more)

[Dara Gantly, Irish Medical Times, 22 October]

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Medicine test repeats could end

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 23rd, 2012 by steve

“The future of the controversial HPAT aptitude test for entry to medicine is now being considered as part of the overall reform of the points system …” (more)

[Independent, 22 September]

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Medical school aptitude test change delayed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 22nd, 2012 by steve

“Medical schools have delayed making changes to the controversial aptitude test used to select entrants but acknowledge that its use is causing a number of distortions for young people who wish to become doctors …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 22 September]

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