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Medical students views on selection tools for Medical School - a mixed methods study

By L Stevens, ME Kelly, M Hennessy, J Last, F Dunne and S O’Flynn


It is important to ensure that the tools used in Medical School selection are acceptable to students and applicants. A\ud questionnaire was administered to year 1 medical students in 2010 to determine the suitability of a variety of\ud selection tools and the acceptability of HPAT-Ireland in particular. There were 291 respondents a 77% response rate\ud representing approximately one third of all school leaver entrants that year. While the majority 285( 98%) were in\ud favour of using school leaving examinations there was also support for the use of interviews 215 (74%) and other tools.\ud Three quarters of Irish respondents 159 (76%) agreed that HPAT-Ireland is a fair test overall however section 3\ud (non-verbal reasoning) appeared lees acceptable and relevant than other sections. A little over half had taken a\ud preparatory HPAT -Ireland course 112 (54%)

Publisher: Irish Medical Journal (IMJ)
Year: 2014
OAI identifier: oai:www.lenus.ie:10147/332133

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