Poor diagnostics 1

January 23, 2003

Tests for narcissism, empathy and self-esteem when selecting student doctors are of little use if these attributes can be modified during training ("Personality could open door to medical school", THES , January 3). Selection should be based on what is essential for success. As one professional basketball coach said when asked what he looked for when recruiting players: "You can't teach height."

Dylan Wiliam
Assistant principal
King's College London

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