ERIC Number: ED359865
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Sep-30
Reference Count: N/A
UCSF Medical Scholars Program, 1986-1987.
Fullilove, Mindy; And Others
The University of California San Francisco's Medical Scholars Program was designed to encourage women and minority students to consider careers in academic medicine. The program ensured academic success in the basic pre-medical courses through the use of peer learning groups and exposed students to research opportunities through informal discussion and summer research participation. The program operated for 3 years and served 93 white students (29% of those entering in that period) and 71 non-white students (70% of those entering in that period). During the program the number of minority students participating in summer research doubled; minority failures in pre-clinical courses declined; and the impact of pre-medical school achievement on the National Board of Medical Examiners Part 1 ceased to be a significant predictor of students' actual scores. The program also appeared to have a school-wide effect in increasing the use of group study, in decreasing the onus on "help-seeking," and in promoting consideration of academic careers. Finally, the program created an infrastructure of medical student teachers who serve as a peer support group to first-year students. The report's three sections include a quantitative analysis of the program and its effect on student performance on the National Board Examination, a summative qualitative analysis based on student interviews, and a description of summer research experiences. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., San Francisco. School of Medicine.