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Adv Med Educ Pract. 2020 Feb 7;11:109-112. doi: 10.2147/AMEP.S235529. eCollection 2020.

Do Medical Students in Their Fifth Year of Undergraduate Training Differ in Their Suitability to Become a "Good Doctor" Depending on Their Admission Criteria? A Pilot Study.

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1
Institute of Family Medicine, University Medical Centre Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Lübeck, Lübeck, Germany.
2
Institute of Social Medicine and Epidemiology, University of Lübeck, Lübeck, Germany.

Abstract

Background:

In Germany, the pre-university grade point average (pu-GPA) has to be the main criterion for medical school applicant selection. This is also mandatory in the university-specific selection procedures (Auswahlverfahren der Hochschulen [AdH]). The admission framework has now been reworked following a judgement by the German Federal Constitutional Court. From 2020, more students will be admitted based solely on the pu-GPA and at least two selection criteria independent of the pu-GPA have to be considered in the AdH. However, the question whether an AdH (the core of the AdH at Lübeck Medical School [LMS], Germany, is a 30-mins panel interview led by two faculty members and one student) leads to better doctors as compared to pu-GPA-based selection, remains unanswered.

Objective:

To compare students selected based either on their pu-GPA alone ("pu-GPA-students") or based on the result of the AdH at LMS ("AdH-students") regarding their suitability to become a good doctor.

Design:

We conducted a cross-sectional observational pilot study at LMS. Students were judged regarding their overall suitability to become a good doctor by their supervising general practitioners after a two-week internship in their last year of theoretical medical education. The scores were matched to the selection procedure and compared between the pu-GPA-students and AdH-students.

Results:

In all, 79% of the AdH-students were rated as "absolutely suitable" for the medical profession, as compared to 42% of the pu-GPA-students (p = 0.01, odds ratio 5.17, 95% confidence interval = 1.41, 18.99). We did not find any association between gender or age and the suitability rating.

Conclusion:

Despite the small sample size, our results indicate that it could be favourable to select medical students not only based on their pu-GPA but also using additional selection criteria.

KEYWORDS:

educational assessment; medical education; medical students; students selection

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