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Title: Selection of medical students in Singapore: A historical perspective
Authors: Tambyah, P.A. 
Keywords: Admission process
Hepatitis B
Medical attrition
Medical School selection
Issue Date: Jul-2005
Citation: Tambyah, P.A. (2005-07). Selection of medical students in Singapore: A historical perspective. Annals of the Academy of Medicine Singapore 34 (6) : 147C-151C. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The selection of medical students in Singapore has been a contentious issue for more than 140 years. Initially, students were selected for Madras Medical College, the traditional source for medical officers in early Singapore, by a combination of an examination as well as an observed preceptor ship at the General Hospital. With the establishment of the medical school in Singapore in 1905, the selection criteria have been progressively refined over the years. These have included a baseline academic threshold, linguistic competence and performance at an interview. In the past, other criteria such as gender and political suitability were important but at the present, only hepatitis B virologic status is a limiting factor for otherwise qualified applicants. Singapore's Ministry of Health reports an attrition rate of 10% from our medical school. This poses a challenge as there are far more qualified applicants for medical school in Singapore than there are places. This is a worldwide problem and locally, attempts are being made to further refine the admission process to ensure that the community as a whole is best served by the future doctors we select.
Source Title: Annals of the Academy of Medicine Singapore
ISSN: 03044602
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