DAK (N) seeks aptitude test for would-be doctors

Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) led by Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan on Sunday sought introduction of aptitude test for doctors at entry level to medical profession.

“Apart from academic knowledge, the practice of medicine requires certain innate qualities that need to be tested at MBBS level,” said DAK (N) President Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a communiqué.

“Medical profession requires individuals to have empathy, compassion and altruistic attitude,” he said adding that “such qualities in a doctor are essential for quality care, good health outcomes, adherence to treatment and patient satisfaction.”

DAK President said the aptitude needs to be tested to ensure the right candidate is chosen and not just the one with the highest marks in science subjects.

“Doctors need to be temperamentally caring and kind, but nowhere prior to admitting them into the profession these inherent tendencies are evaluated,” he said.