Don’t use only cognitive tests with a prevalent biological focus in the selection of candidates for the access to undergraduate and postgraduate medical and health sciences schools.


Topic Area

Medical Education

Using only knowledge tests for the selection of medical students introduces distortions based on socioeconomic and geographical factors, that in the long run could affect the equity of care. Furthermore this kind of tests, linked exclusively to the bio-medical model, fail to consider aptitude, vocation and skills belonging to the bio-psyco-social dimension, which is no less relevant in the medical professions. There is a wide and increasing literature on the alternative tools and strategies.


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