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ERIC Number: ED185102
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
A Structured Interview for the Selection of Physician's Assistant Students.
Niebuhr, Bruce R.; And Others
To improve the reliability of selection interviews, the faculty of the University of Texas Medical Branch physician's assistant program developed a structured fourteen-category interview. The thirty-minute interview was used to select from 94 applicants; each applicant was interviewed three times and independently rated on a five-point scale of acceptability. The Hogan Empathy Scale, the Nelson-Denny Reading Test, and the Otis Mental Ability Test were also administered. Results supported the reliability of the interview. Its concurrent validity was indicated by a significant correlation with the Hogan Empathy Scale. The Hogan Empathy Scale was not considered to be a feasible selection instrument by itself; however, it was recommended as the type of personality inventory which could be used to assess the concurrent validity of selection interviews. (The fourteen interview categories are appended, and include: initial interest in career; career goals; most and least attractive aspects of the career; previous experience; interest in other programs or fields; financial plans; family support; feelings about the physicians-assistant relationship; outside interests; expectation of program; and expected salary as a physician's assistant). (Author/GDC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Hogan Empathy Scale; Nelson Denny Reading Test; Otis Quick Scoring Mental Ability Tests; University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston