ERIC Number: ED411727
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
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An Evaluation of a New Admission Policy Intended To Increase the Number of Primary Care Physicians.
Owen, John A.
This study examined new admission policies at the University of Virginia School of Medicine designed to increase the number of students likely to pursue primary care specialities. The study focused on whether there was a relationship between interviewers' predictions and applicants' career choice at the completion of their first year of medical school. Interviewer predictions during admissions interviews were compared to the career choices of two cohorts of applicants who matriculated in 1994 and 1995. For the 1994 cohort, 148 out of 232 interviewer predictions (64 percent) were correct, while for the 1995 cohort, 161 out of 254 predictions (63 percent) were correct. Correlational analysis indicated a low to moderate relationship between the interviewers' predictions and matriculants' career choices. Interviewers tended to make more correct predictions regarding those students not likely to enter primary care. (Contains 10 references.) (MDM)
Descriptors: Admission Criteria, Career Choice, College Admission, Family Practice (Medicine), Higher Education, Interviews, Medical Schools, Medical Students, Prediction, Student Attitudes
Dr. John A. Owen, Box 40l, University of Virginia Health Sciences Center, Charlottesville, VA 22908.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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