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Teach Learn Med. 2003 Spring;15(2):116-22.

A model for diversity in admissions: a review of issues and methods and an experimental approach.

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Department of Family Medicine, Office of Consultation and Research in Medical Education, University of Iowa College of Medicine, 1204 Medical Education Building, Iowa City, IA 52242-2008, USA. clarence-kreiter@uiowa.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The underrepresentation of certain minorities within medical education and the medical profession continues to be a problem. A review of the relevant research literature suggests current strategies are inadequate to address this important problem. Psychometric issues important in differentiating the unique concerns of medical education must be defined.

SUMMARY:

A new model that may attain diversity goals and meet standards related to validity and legality is presented. Admissions data describing applicants for one year at a large midwestern medical college are analyzed. The impact of selection techniques on both majority and underrepresented minority applicants is presented.

CONCLUSION:

The results of the analyses support further research designed to meet the quantitative objectives implied by diversity goals and suggests initiatives aimed at enhancing minority representation within medical education.

PMID:
12708069
DOI:
10.1207/S15328015TLM1502_08
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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