Psychiatrists devise a new sanity test

The Royal College of Psychiatrists has devised what appears to be a new kind of sanity test. They use it it to assess (and perhaps subtly educate) non-psychiatrists who believe, in the face of daunting evidence, that they ought to become psychiatrists. A February 17, 2009 Guardian article explains:

The UK’s psychiatric training college charges junior doctors £750 to complain about their exam marks, it emerged today.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists has told doctors who failed a November exam needed to qualify as psychiatrists that they must pay £750 to dispute their marks.

Almost two-thirds of the 497 doctors who took the exam, known as the MRCPsych Casc, failed. The exam and three others entitle those who pass to become members of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.