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ERIC Number: ED138131
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Oct
The Medical School Admissions Process: A Review of the Literature 1955-1976. Special Report.
Cuca, Janet Melei; And Others
This document reviews the research on the medical school admissions process that has been completed during the past twenty years. The process is put into perspective by a historical overview chapter that traces trends in medical school admissions and highlights, where possible, relationships between the admissions process and institutional and national goals. In the second chapter, the logistics of the technical aspects of the process, and changes therein, are examined, especially where such changes have facilitated applications by heretofore underrepresented groups. The third chapter summarizes studies on the composition and functions of admissions committees. Selection factors, both cognitive and noncognitive, their measurement and their predictive validity are the subject of the fourth chapter. Included is a discussion of the trend toward predicting physician performance rather than solely medical school performance. The fifth chapter reviews the research devoted to the weighting, both implicit and explicit, of selection factors. Changes in the intellectual academic, personality (especially as tested by the Myers/Briggs Type Indicator), and demographic characteristics of accepted and rejected applicants are detailed in the final chapter. (Author)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Resources Administration (DHEW/PHS), Bethesda, MD. Bureau of Health Manpower.
Authoring Institution: Association of American Medical Colleges, Washington, DC.