Monday, January 16, 2012

Using Recalled Question to Pass ABR Exam Amounts to Cheating-CNN Report Claims

This is in the news today:
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For years, doctors around the country taking an exam to become board certified in radiology have cheated by memorizing test questions, creating sophisticated banks of what are known as "recalls," a CNN investigation has found. The recall exams are meticulously compiled by radiology residents, who write down the questions after taking the test, in radiology programs around the country, including some of the most prestigious programs in the U.S. "It's been going on a long time, I know, but I can't give you a date," said Dr. Gary Becker, executive director of the American Board of Radiology (ABR), which oversees the exam that certifies radiologists.
Further reading on CNN website

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Well this news item possibly should be shown to lot of other Indian and international examination boards which often use same question year after year and students just seek mugging of those questions instead of learning the desired skill, what is the solution to this- is it banning recalls or i feel the answer is encouraging examiners to create newer exam files each year..

What are your thoughts on this, and ethical and legal implications of such behavior... Share your thoughts and comments here...

2 comments:

Anagha said...

Yes... That's correct... I feel there should be new questions they come up with every year.. honestly sir, I gave the associate exam yesterday and believe me it was a brilliantly set paper.. questions were based on things we knew but they really made us think, so much so that we all fell short on time. After giving that paper I really wanted to tell someone at AIIMS ki this is how a paper should be set..Sometimes I feel NEET is a better way to conduct these examinations. Questions should be application based, make the student think, and more importantly, give him/her the appropriate amount of TIME TO THINK OVER IT TOO, and not run through each question like he's being chased by some wild animal. But we're just players of the game and they set the rules so all we can do right now is play along, and hope that someday soon they come back to their senses while setting the paper..

Pranab said...

There is no point training guns on the examinees if the paper setters are setting up the loopholes!

As far as the Indian PG Entrance exams are concerned, the whole business is built on the foundation of mugging repeats, and then, of course, we get smacked up the face with the paper like AIPG 2012.

Between the swinging bipolarity of the papers in the Indian Medical Education scenario, the added spice of corruption adds to the drama... The CNN would have had a field day had they been covering the AIPG 2012 and the drama around it!

NEET is going to change nothing unless there is a change in the fundamental philosophies of the examiners and paper setters...

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