ERIC Number: ED190595
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Assessment of Problem-Solving Skills as a Screen for Medical School Admissions.
Molidor, John B.; And Others
The goal of this research was to find conveniently administered measures which could provide objective data concerning problem solving skills of applicants to medical schools. The instruments were to be free of medical content so they could be administered to any medical school applicant. However, personal qualities relevant to the demands of medical practice were also to be measured, so that performance in clinical settings could be predicted. The sample consisted of 54 paid volunteers, representative of third and fourth year medical students. Six tests were selected as predictor variables in a set of regression equations. Measures of the dependent variable, skills in problem solving, included peer and faculty ratings, in addition to four measures which indirectly assessed problem solving: number of courses deferred in the first two years of medical school, number of clerkships deferred in the clinical years, scores on a multiple choice test, and a score derived from a series of diagnostic management problems. These measures were analyzed by multiple regression analysis. Results showed that predictions of student performance in clinical clerkships can be improved by using easily administered tests to supplement Medical College Admissions Test scores and grade point average. (Author/GSK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Fund for Medical Education, Cleveland, OH.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing.
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