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Does a selection interview predict year 1 performance in dental school?

McAndrew, Robert, Ellis, J. and Valentine, R.A. 2017. Does a selection interview predict year 1 performance in dental school? European Journal of Dental Education 21 (2) , pp. 108-112. 10.1111/eje.12188

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It is important for dental schools to select students who will complete their degree and progress on to become the dentists of the future. The process should be transparent, fair and ethical and utilise selection tools that select appropriate students. The interview is an integral part of UK dental schools student selection procedures. Objective: This study was undertaken in order to determine whether different interview methods (Cardiff with a multiple mini interview and Newcastle with a more traditional interview process) along with other components used in selection predicted academic performance in students. Methods: The admissions selection data for two dental schools (Cardiff and Newcastle) were collected and analysed alongside student performance in academic examinations in Year 1 of the respective schools. Correlation statistics were used to determine whether selection tools had any relevance to academic performance once students were admitted to their respective Universities. Results: Data was available for a total of 177 students (77 Cardiff and 100 Newcastle). Examination performance did not correlate with admission interview scores at either school; however UKCAT score was linked to poor academic performance. Discussion: Although interview methodology does not appear to correlate with academic performance it remains an integral and very necessary part of the admissions process. Ultimately schools need to be comfortable with their admissions procedures in attracting and selecting the calibre of students they desire.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Dentistry
Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Uncontrolled Keywords: multiple mini-interviews; interviews; progression; admissions; dental schools
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 1396-5883
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 26 July 2017
Date of Acceptance: 12 January 2016
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2017 12:50

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