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
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice


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