ERIC Number: ED441846
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
The Multivariable Relationship between Student Characteristics at Medical School Interview, Interviewer Predictions of Career Plans, and Student Career Plans at Graduation.
Owen, John Alexander
The multivariable relationship between interviewer predictions of future career plans of applicants to medical school and students' characteristics at the time of their interviews was studied. The study also sought to determine the multivariable relationship between students' stated career plans at graduation and their characteristics at the time of the admissions interview. Variables that described the characteristics of applications who ultimately became members of the entering classes of 1990, 1991, 1992, and 1993 were obtained from student records. Thirteen members of the admissions committee reviewed one-page summaries of these variables for these students and predicted their career plans at graduation. Graduates of the classes of 1994, 1995, 1996, and 1997 who were entering the generalist residency programs of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics were surveyed regarding their career plans and then classified as pursuing a generalist career or not. Logistic regression was used to describe the relationships between the interviewer's predictions and applicants' characteristics and the relationships between students' career plans at graduation and their characteristics at their interviews. Of the 509 graduates for whom there were complete data, 189 had generalist plans at graduation. Interviewers' predictions of generalist career plans were significantly related to rural legal residence, lower science grade point average, lower parents' educational degree, and a high level of service involvement. The two variables with a significant empirical relation to student generalist plans at graduation were female gender and a high level of service involvement. Results show that academic performance at the time of the interview was not related to generalist career plans. (Contains 1 table and 19 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 24-28, 2000).