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HM Dingwall
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Volume 40: Issue 3: 2010




The  Triple  Qualification  (TQ)  examination  of  the  three  Scottish medical colleges was founded in 1884 in the aftermath of the Medical Act of 1858, to  offer  a  medical  qualification  that  would  have  equal  status  with  that  of  the universities and other medical schools. Continued efforts to amend the Act had threatened that the universities might dominate basic medical education to the exclusion of the colleges, which opposed this perceived threat to their viability. The TQ proved surprisingly durable and catered for a changing constituency of candidates  over  the  century  of  its  existence,  offering  a  route  to  medical qualification  for  individuals  from  Great  Britain  and  Ireland,  the  dominions  and such  diverse  groups  as  exiled  Jews  from  Europe  and  Rhodesians  following independence.  This article examines the origins and structure of the examination and assesses the changing candidate profile over the century of its existence.