Pre Admission Academic Predictors of the Goals of a Primary Care Oriented Medical School

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Summary. This study investigated the relationship of two widely‐used preadmission academic predictors (undergraduate grade point average and the Medical College Admission Test) to a sequence of four goals for a primary care‐oriented medical school. Graduates from the first four classes of a new medical school (n=237) were used in the study. Correlation and multiple regression analysis were performed. It was concluded that pre‐admission academic variables (undergraduate GPA and MCAT) are useful in screening for academic success in medical school (especially for preclinical courses) and licensability (especially NBME Part 1 and 2). Furthermore, no useful predictor of residency performance or choice of a primary care specialty was identified. Provisos related to the conclusions and future research directions are discussed.



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