Exam system crash leaves aspiring doctors in the lurch

Would-be-GPs were left in the lurch after the exam system crashed. Picture: iStock

A lot more than 1300 medical professionals all over the nation who experienced researched for months with the goal of getting to be professional GPs were unable to sit the test on Friday when the pc method crashed.

COVID constraints intended the test was getting finished on the web, with quite a few using it from their houses, with random checks to assure they were not getting helped.

Nevertheless, the prepare went awry when the pc method failed.

The candidates, which include more than one hundred in SA, were originally encouraged it might be place off right up until the night, nonetheless attempts to take care of the problem failed and it was inevitably cancelled for the time getting.

The Crucial Function Problem test is renowned as the hardest of the 3 fellowship exams, and candidates experienced crammed tough to be all set for it.

Another test, reputed to be the 2nd hardest, remains scheduled for tomorrow.

Candidates who experienced compensated $2600 to sit the test were discouraged by the malfunction, noting they experienced researched tough and established aside time and been mentally geared up for the test.

“Instead we uncovered ourselves twiddling our thumbs even though they tried using to do the job it out — now it has been cancelled and there is no term on when it will now be held,” a person candidate told The Advertiser.

“If it is place off for months it would be devastating.”

An internal email about the problem which was not despatched to candidates notes that “in the worst case we might have to reschedule it in the coming months.”

The email blames the problem on a “technical failure with our test service provider.”

The problem provides to the disruption the candidates have faced owing to the pandemic — the third test made use of to be finished in a hospital looking at clients, but now is also getting finished on the web.