Relationship between admission criteria and the subsequent academic performance in a medical school

Mahmoud, Syed and Bin-Jaliah, Ismaeel and Ponnamperuma, Gominda and Davis, Margery (2007) Relationship between admission criteria and the subsequent academic performance in a medical school. In: The Sixth GCC Medical Education Conference organised by the Committee of Deans of the GCC Colleges of Medicine, November 2007, College of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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Abstract|ملخص البحث

Aim To assess the strength of relationship between the admission criteria and the subsequent academic performance of medical students [1-2]. Methods This is a retrospective longitudinal study using results of five MBBS batches at Baqai medical school. The aggregate scores of Secondary school certificate (SSC), Higher school certificate (HSC) and aptitude test (pre-admission variables) were correlated with aggregate scores in first, second, third and final professional exams (post-admission variables). The predictive validity of the SSC, HSC and aptitude test scores were also explored [3-4]. Data were entered on SPSS version.10 software. Pearson’s correlation and stepwise regression analysis were carried out using effect models [5]. Results Although positive relationships were found between SSC, HSC scores and professional exams results, the relationship was weak. Baqai medical school aptitude test has either no or weak relationship with performance in subsequent professional exams. If considered in combination then SSC, HSC and aptitude test scores had no significant relationship when correlated with professional exams scores. All professional exams had moderately significant positive relationship with each other. Conclusions The null to low correlations between pre-admission variables and post-admission variables found in this study suggest that the current selection methods employed at Baqai medical school were affecting the screening process and would subsequently be poor predictors of students’ academic performance during the five year medical course. Therefore, it is time to review and improve admission process for this school and perhaps other similar schools, which are selecting candidates predominantly on the basis of previous academic performance alone.

Item Type|تصنيف النتاج العلمي: Conference or Workshop Item | مؤتمرات وورش عمل (Poster)
Subjects | مجال موضوع النشر: Education
Medicine and Surgery
Divisions | الكلية: College of Medicine > Physiology
Depositing User: Prof. Ismaeel Bin-Jaliah
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2019 07:51
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2019 07:51
URI: http://eprints.kku.edu.sa/id/eprint/4098

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