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A drift in medical education

Thomas George


Abstract

A professor of surgery of the Madras Medical College was arrested in Andhra Pradesh for demanding Rs. 25,000 to pass a candidate for the postgraduate degree in surgery. This has blown the lid off a long-suppressed scandal in medical examinations in Tamilnadu. For near on to three decades now, it has been rumoured that some examiners only pass candidates who pay them. Unfortunately no one has been willing to tackle the problem. Other examiners who are aware of the situation often only try to ensure that meritorious candidates do not fail and that very bad ones do not pass. No one has been willing to blow the whistle. In private conversations they give a variety of reasons: they do not want to damage a colleague, no effective action will ensue, etc.

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