AIM: To assess the association between the admissions performance and subsequent academic achievement within a graduate-entry dental school.
METHODS: The study was conducted at the University of Aberdeen Dental School. UCAS forms for course applicants were reviewed and assigned a pre-admission score (PAS) and a tariff given for the UCAS personal statement (UCAS). Individuals ranked highest were invited to attend multiple mini-interviews (MMI), which were scored. Data was correlated with academic performance reported as the University Common Assessment Scale (0-20). Comparisons were also made between the first degree and subsequent educational achievement.
STATISTICS: Data were analysed by multiple linear regression, Pearson correlation and unstacked ANOVA (IBM SPSS Statistics 19).
RESULTS: Data were obtained for 75 students (F: 50; M: 25). A correlation between performance at MMI and CAS scores was identified (r = 0.180, p = 0.001, df = 538). A correlation was also noted between each student's first degree and the CAS scores (F = 4.08, p = 0.001, df = 9).
CONCLUSIONS: This study suggests that candidate performance at MMI might be a stronger predictor of academic and clinical performance of graduate-entry dental students compared to other pre-interview selection criteria. The first degree for such a programme also appears to be significant.
|Journal||British Dental Journal|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2013|
- Clinical Competence
- Education, Dental, Graduate
- Educational Measurement
- Interviews as Topic
- Motor Skills
- Patient Care Team
- School Admission Criteria
- Schools, Dental
- Sex Factors