Entry tests for graduate medical programs: Is it time to re-think?

Groves, Michele A., Gordon, Jill and Ryan, Greg (2007) Entry tests for graduate medical programs: Is it time to re-think?. The Medical Journal of Australia, 186 3: 120-123.

Author Groves, Michele A.
Gordon, Jill
Ryan, Greg
Title Entry tests for graduate medical programs: Is it time to re-think?
Journal name The Medical Journal of Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0025-729X
Publication date 2007-02-05
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 186
Issue 3
Start page 120
End page 123
Total pages 4
Place of publication Strawberry Hills, NSW, Australia
Publisher Australasian Medical Publishing
Language eng
Subject 11 Medical and Health Sciences
1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences
170103 Educational Psychology
Formatted abstract
To examine the relationship between medical school applicants' performances in the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) and structured interviews and their subsequent performance in medical school.

Students in Years 2-4 of two graduate-entry medical programs were invited to complete two previously validated tests of clinical reasoning. These results and their Year 2 examination results were compared with their previous performance in GAMSAT and at interview.

The graduate-entry programs at the Universities of Queensland and Sydney.


189 student volunteers (13.6% response rate).

Main outcome measures:
Students' test results on a set of Clinical Reasoning Problems (CRPs) and a Diagnostic Thinking Inventory (DTI) and their Year 2 examination results.

There was no association between performance in GAMSAT and performance in the CRPs; there was a weak negative correlation between performance in GAMSAT and the DTI (-0.05 > r > -0.31, P = 0.03). The correlation between GAMSAT and examination results was weak (r < 0.24, P = 0.02). The correlation between GAMSAT and interview scores for each school was weakly negative for University of Queensland (r = -0.34, P < 0.01) and weakly positive for University of Sydney (r = 0.11), with a combined significance level P < 0.01.

We did not find evidence that GAMSAT and structured interviews are good predictors of performance in medical school. Our study highlights a need for more rigorous evaluation of Australian medical school admissions tests.
Keyword Education
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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