Medical school application essays and specialty choice

F. D. Schneider, M. C. Hosokawa, J. D. Campbell

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)509-512
Number of pages4
JournalFamily Medicine
Volume26
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994

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Schneider, F. D., Hosokawa, M. C., & Campbell, J. D. (1994). Medical school application essays and specialty choice. Family Medicine, 26(8), 509-512.

Medical school application essays and specialty choice. / Schneider, F. D.; Hosokawa, M. C.; Campbell, J. D.

In: Family Medicine, Vol. 26, No. 8, 01.01.1994, p. 509-512.

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Schneider, FD, Hosokawa, MC & Campbell, JD 1994, 'Medical school application essays and specialty choice', Family Medicine, vol. 26, no. 8, pp. 509-512.
Schneider FD, Hosokawa MC, Campbell JD. Medical school application essays and specialty choice. Family Medicine. 1994 Jan 1;26(8):509-512.
Schneider, F. D. ; Hosokawa, M. C. ; Campbell, J. D. / Medical school application essays and specialty choice. In: Family Medicine. 1994 ; Vol. 26, No. 8. pp. 509-512.
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