ERIC Number: ED134050
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Evaluation of Unsuccessful Applicants to Medical Schools as a Health Manpower Resource. Final Report.
Hollander, Jo Anne L.; And Others
Over the past four decades the yearly acceptance rate to U.S. medical schools has remained fairly constant at about 50 percent. Each year, substantial numbers of persons cannot continue formal training toward their occupational goals. In a sense, these individuals represent certain intellectual and financial losses to society in general, and to the health and medical care system in particular. The purposes of the current study include: identification of certain background, demographic, and personality characteristics of this group; description of circumstances surrounding nonacceptance, including attitudes toward rejection and resultant effects on occupational values; examination of the manner in which new academic and occupational choices are made; and consideration of this group as a potential health manpower resource. This study should assist premedical and other undergraduate advisors by enabling them to offer more relevant and useful alternative career suggestions to unaccepted applicants. In addition, it may also allow legislators, health planners, and researchers in medical education, to assess the costs arising from medical school rejection, and to estimate the kinds and amounts of training and support necessary to encourage these persons to enter other health-related areas. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Institutes of Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.