University of Sydney research trial of Situational Judgement Tests

26 May 2016

Research trial of Situational Judgement Tests (SJT)s

The University of Sydney is conducting a research pilot study of Situational Judgement Tests (SJT)s as part of the application process for admission to the MD and DMD programs in 2017.

Sydney Dental School
Applying to Sydney Dental School? You may be asked to participate in a SJT

The purpose of the research is to investigate ways to provide candidates with a broader opportunity to demonstrate their capacity and suitability for the Doctor of Medicine and/or Doctor of Dental Medicine programs. The study is in the process of obtaining Sydney University Research Ethics Committee approval.
Situational Judgement Tests are used to assess how candidates approach situations encountered in different settings. While there is some variation in how they are delivered, candidates will be presented with a written description of an academic or clinical scenario and asked to determine how appropriate several response options are, from a multiple choice list. SJTs are designed to test a student’s potential across a number of competencies.
A random sample of candidates for 2017 admission to the MD and/or MD programs will be invited to participate in the research, which will involve a 45-minute online activity. Participation is voluntary and you can withdraw at any time. Whether or not you choose to participate and, if you do participate, your responses will in no way affect your application for admission.
Randomly selected candidates will be sent an email invitation in late June asking them if they wish to participate in the SJT in mid-July.
The University of Sydney expects to hold two SJT “test” sessions on campus as well as trialling a proctored online system that you can access at home or wherever you wish. You will require a computer with a webcam to participate in the online proctored option.
The results from the SJT pilot study will not affect the outcome of your application in any way. They will be used for aggregated analyses only and the analyses will be conducted after the interview process. The SJT pilot study researcher has no role in decision making regarding the success or otherwise of applications for admission. Applicants are encouraged to participate in the research study.

Sydney Medical School’s Doctor of Medicine

The Doctor of Medicine program is a four-year professional postgraduate-entry course with three primary aims for graduates: excellent clinical skills and preparedness for practice; experience in research; and experience and awareness of health in an international setting. It includes weekly clinical experience in leading hospitals from the very first weeks, regular PBL (problem-based learning) exercises in small groups, traditional lectures with expert practitioners, and ongoing opportunities to participate in research.
Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales (Camperdown/Darlington campus)
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: June 21, 2016

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Sydney Dental School’s Doctor of Dental Medicine

The Sydney Dental School’s DMD is a graduate-entry program that has been purposefully designed to adhere to the well-rounded course structure of the North American postgraduate model, but has also maintained the sophisticated clinical training for which the University of Sydney has come to be renowned, giving students an applicable knowledge of dental health from the community to the laboratory.
Program: Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: June 21, 2016

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