ERIC Number: ED316166
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Changes in the Composition of the Health Professions Applicant Pool: 1977-1987.
Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Bureau of Health Professions.
The report synthesizes and summarizes trends in the numbers and characteristics of persons who have applied to selected health professions schools (i.e., allopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine) from 1977 to 1987. It is based primarily on data made available by the professional associations of the schools and practitioners. Applicants in recent years are compared with those in earlier years to determine the extent to which the pool has changed with regard to racial/ethnic composition, gender composition, socioeconomic status of the applicants, and academic qualifications of the applicants. Trends in higher education that may be associated with some of the changes that have occurred in the health professions applicant pool are presented. Some of the findings are as follows: a general decline in applicant numbers; a decline in white male applicants and an increase in female applicants; recent applicants appear to be more affluent than applicants in earlier years; in most disciplines, declines in the applicant pool have been accompanied by a larger percentage of applicants accepted; and increasing undergraduate enrollments have not necessarily led to increased number of health professions schools applicants. Contains 4 references. (SM)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Bureau of Health Professions.