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The Canadian certification examination in psychiatry. II: Who passes and who fails.

Authors
  • Lowy, F H
  • Dongier, M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Canadian Psychiatric Association journal
Publication Date
Jun 01, 1979
Volume
24
Issue
4
Pages
284–292
Identifiers
PMID: 466623
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

No analysis of Canadian certification examinations in psychiatry has previously been published although analyses of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the British Membership examinations are available. Because candidates, directors of residency training, mental health planners and consumers are all interested in who passes and who fails the certification examinations, available examination data for English speaking candidates are analyzed. Successful candidates are more likely to be younger; to have attended medical schools in English speaking countries (in North America, the British Isles, or the "old Dominions"); to have placed in the upper two-thirds of their medical school class; to have entered psychiatric training soon after graduating from medical school and then to have completed their training without interruption. Some limitations of the examinations and the problem of candidates who fail are briefly discussed.

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