U.K. medical student: multiple-choice exams unfair to disabled

by Walter Olson on August 6, 2008

“Naomi Gadian, 21, from Manchester, claims that multiple choice testing discriminates against people with dyslexia” and is suing Britain’s General Medical Council and her college, the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry in Plymouth, under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, the U.K. equivalent of the Americans with Disabilities Act. (“Dyslexic medical student takes legal action against multiple choice exams”, Plymouth Herald, Jul. 30).


1 Adam 08.06.08 at 2:57 pm

Here we go again

2 Doug 08.06.08 at 4:06 pm

I don’t think I would like my doctor to be dyslexia. It would seem to be far to easy for them to switch the numbers around on your script and you be harmed.

3 DAV 08.06.08 at 4:12 pm

Does anyone really think a doctor with a reading/writing (maybe even learning) disability is a good thing?

I wonder when someone will have the chutzpah to claim in a suit that the intent of any test ultimately is to discriminate.

4 throckmorton 08.06.08 at 4:15 pm

Sounds like that person would make a great attorney rather than a physician.

5 ras 08.06.08 at 4:27 pm

What’s the big deal? Just take three pills every day, or one pill every three days, or whatever, and chill.

6 Richard Nieporent 08.06.08 at 7:38 pm

Given this post and the previous one about Shannon Kelly, it is beginning to appear that Harrison Bergeron is not a science fiction story.

7 Isherwood 08.07.08 at 9:43 am

I wonder if it would violate ADA to put an asterisk next to the names of people who had these types of accommodations on medical and legal exams?

John Smith, MD*
Jane Doe, J.D.*

I’m only half-way joking.

8 Richard Nieporent 08.07.08 at 12:38 pm

Unfortunately yes. The College Board used to indicate which students got extra time to complete the SAT exams. However, they were sued and had to remove that information from the reporting of their scores.

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