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Summary of: The admissions process in a graduate-entry dental school: can we predict academic performance?
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PMID:  23348456     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
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.
Jon Dowell
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  British dental journal     Volume:  214     ISSN:  1476-5373     ISO Abbreviation:  Br Dent J     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
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Created Date:  2013-01-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7513219     Medline TA:  Br Dent J     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  68-9     Citation Subset:  D; IM    
Reader, School of Medicine, University of Dundee and Head of Tayside Centre for General Practice, Mackenzie Building, Kirsty Semple Way, Dundee.
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