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Fam Med. 1994 Sep;26(8):509-12.

Medical school application essays and specialty choice.

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University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To identify factors that could be used to predict physician specialty selection at the level of admissions to medical school.

METHODS:

Content analysis was performed on 161 personal statements from the American Medical College Admission Service application form. Randomly selected graduates analyzed were from the classes of 1985-1987 from a Midwestern public medical school.

RESULTS:

Fifty percent of those who stated that they had contact with a medical specialty entered either that specialty or a closely related specialty. Of the 11 applicants who stated a goal of entering family practice, one entered family practice.

CONCLUSIONS:

Contact with a specialty prior to entering medical school may be a significant predictor of the prospective student's eventual specialty selection. However, goals mentioned in the statements are not predictors of specialty choice.

PMID:
7988809
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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