The following article sparked my interest – Do Test Scores Make the Doctor? – Well Blog – NYTimes.com
Whether it’s being a Physician, Nurse, Respiratory Therapist, Occupational Therapist, etc. Does your exam score quantify you and your skills in your chosen profession? Does a poor test score equate to poor skills or worse yet a failure? And the opposite, does high performance test scores reflect superb skills and being a success at your job??
I for one think it’s hog-wash. It’s a balance. We as professionals need all of the above to do our job well, and do deliver the best care possible. I agree, knowledge is the key, but if you cannot apply the knowledge, or use the knowledge in everyday functioning what’s the point?
I think it’s the age-old debate between ‘book’ smarts and ‘common’ sense (sometimes called street smarts).
You need to be equal parts ‘nerd’ and versatile ‘Joe’. In the ‘thick’ of it, you need to draw on your education and knowledge as well as perform and utilize critical thinking skills ‘in the moment’ to properly and effectively do your job.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this one!