Becoming a surgeon requires a very dedicated and enthusiastic skills, I tell you, it’s never an easy task but this Japanese hospital has made the journey near impossible.
Instead of testing potential interns’ surgery skills on real patients these institution devised an innovative examination process that involves miniature origami and sushi!
GOSH! Unsteady hands don’t belong here!
The Kurashiki Central Hospital, in southern Japan offers one of the best surgical internship programs in the country, but medical students who want to secure a position here have to prove their skills in a series of bizarre hand-on challenges — folding tiny paper cranes, reassembling bugs AND making sushi using a single grain of rice!
Sounds more like cooking, eh?!
First, they have to use surgical instruments to fold a piece of paper into an origami crane. That sounds easy enough for someone with a bit of experience in creating origami, but did I mention the piece of paper measures only 1.5 square centimeters?
The second test sees applicants trying to reassemble a dead insect’s body. The dead bug is supposed to be around 35 mm big, but split into 13 different parts that the students have to put together again without damaging them.
And finally, the third challenge has them making miniature pieces of sushi out of a single grain of rice – about 5 mm in size – and other traditional ingredients. The students have 15 minutes to complete each challenge as many times as they can in order to improve their chances of becoming interns at Kurashiki Central Hospital.
These tests may seem strange for such a prestigious medical institution, but they were chosen for a reason – all of them require an incredible amount of concentration, coordination and steady hands, invaluable qualities towards being a successful surgeon.
Plus, they allow the judges to test applicants’ abilities under pressure. A more conventional written exam was also included as part of the entrance test, because, well, being a surgeon is about more than folding cranes and making sushi.
Only 40 students were allowed to apply for an internship at Kurashiki hospital this year. It’s not yet clear how many of them were accepted. I’m pretty sure that insect reassembling test got a few of them rejected.