McGill University family-medicine graduates failed

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´Quebec method´ takes a toll
11 of 14 GPs who flunked not from here; 36% of McGill´s new family-medicine graduates fail provincial licensing exam

CHARLIE FIDELMAN
The Gazette

More than a third of McGill University´s new family-medicine graduates failed the provincial exam this year because a "high proportion" of them are from out-of-province medical schools, a McGill official said yesterday.

Results of an internal investigation launched in July concluded the outlanders lacked the necessary exposure to the "Quebec method" used in the provincial licensing exam.

Eleven of the 14 GPs who failed the test had completed medical schooling elsewhere before starting the two-year residency program at McGill, said Abraham Fuks, dean of the university´s medical school.

The problem, Fuks said, was compounded by the fact McGill´s crop of failed GP graduates can work anywhere in Canada except Quebec, having passed the national exam before flunking the provincial one.

"We´re not proud of it. We understand there is a problem," Fuks said of the unprecedented 36-per-cent failure rate, or 14 of 39 students.

"It´s unusual. So what´s going on here? We´ve never had so many non-Quebec students in the program before."

That doesn´t mean medical training in the rest of Canada is bad - or that this batch of residents wasn´t smart enough, Fuks said. "But students who were not trained in Quebec are not familiar with the exam formats used in Quebec," he said.

Critics dismissed that argument, however.

The oral licensing exam is given in English by the Quebec College of Physicians. It uses actors to simulate medical situations.

It´s not complicated, said Jean Rodrigue of the Quebec Federation of General Practitioners.

"They´re not doing open-heart surgery," he said. "Perhaps they were poorly prepared."

One failed student who did both medical school and the GP residency at McGill said students didn´t have the necessary tools to pass the exam.

"If we weren´t familiar with the method it´s because we didn´t have much exposure," said the student, who asked that his name not be published.

The Universite de Montreal, which runs several training sessions for the exam, had 59 of its 60 students pass. McGill does only two such practices.

The usual failure rate at Quebec´s four medical schools is zero to 10 per cent.

Yves Lamontagne, head of the Quebec College of Physicians, said he was surprised by McGill´s conclusions.

Quebec´s other medical faculties also have out-of-province students "and they manage to pass just the same," he said. "The system is the same for everyone. If you study, you´re capable of passing the exams."

Quebec is short an estimated 800 family physicians.

Seven McGill students redid the exam, but seven declined a second attempt and so cannot practise in Quebec. Test results are expected next month.

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