Medical Practice

The objective structured interview for medical student selection

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1988; 296 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.296.6624.765 (Published 12 March 1988) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1988;296:765
  1. D A Powis,
  2. R L B Neame,
  3. T Bristow,
  4. L B Murphy

    Abstract

    An objective structured interview is an integral part of the process of selecting and admitting applicants to study medicine at this university. During the nine years (to the end of 1986) that the interview has been used 1600 candidates were interviewed out of roughly 13 000 applicants, and from these, 584 students were admitted to the course. Analysis of the interview data was carried out based on two aspects of student progress: graduation with honours and failure to complete the course of study.

    The interview as a whole, and especially some of the subscales, appears to identify students who may fail to complete the course: it may also help to predict which students are likely to graduate with honours.

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