Title

The Relationship between First-Year Medical School Grades and Academic, Personality, and Attitude Measures: Wright State University School of Medicine, Class of 1984. Program Evaluation Studies, Report Number 5

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1982

Abstract

This study investigated (1) selected academic, personality, and attitude characteristics of the Wright State University School of Medicine (WSUSOM) class of 1984 and (2) the relationships between first-year grades and various personality, attitude, and premedical academic measures. In September 1980, first-year medical students (n-99), class of 1984, completed three personality and attitude measures: (1) Rotter Locus of Control; (2) Adjective Check List; and (3) Student Orientations Survey. In addition, the following data were gathered: (1) undergraduate grade point average, (2) Medical College Admission Test scores; (3) and Wright State University School of Medicine first-year grade point average. The New Medical College Admission Test correlated satisfactorily with first-year academic performance in medical school. Similarly, undergraduate grade point average was a valuable predictor of first-year academic achievement in medical school. With regard to personality characteristics, academically successful medical students were characterized as persevering, competitive, achievement-oriented, responsible, and independent. (Author/PN)


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