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Sunday, February 26 • 11:00am - 11:45am
ARCHES - [Oral Presentation] 2. Creation of 4th year elective for Medical School Admissions

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11:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Creation of 4th year elective for Medical School Admissions   

B.R. Chan, D. Himes, G. Kacinski, University of Utah School of Medicine
Abstract Body: Context Medical schools have their 4th year medical students participate in a variety of ways in the admission process, but it is unknown if students understand the history of the admissions process. In 2015, at the University of Utah School of Medicine we implemented a fourth year elective that stipulates that the history of medical school admissions is also the history of medical education. Medical students receive credit by attending lectures (which are also accessible online due to residency interview travel schedules) that range from subjects such as the Flexner Report, Holistic Review, and race and ethnicity in the admissions process by reviewing historical and recent Supreme Court Cases. Students are also trained on item writing and contribute scenarios for our Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) and Situational Judgment Test (SJT) scenarios that are used for the current Class of 2021 application cycle. Objectives To measure the short-term impact of the Admissions elective we monitored how many students participated from the 4th year medical school class. We also tracked the number and quality of MMI and SJT scenarios that were created by the students each year. We were also able to monitor quiz completion (based on the Flexner Report for example). Key Message This has proven to be a popular elective as 50% of the 4th year class participates over the past 2 years, and we have received feedback that this helps them transition to internship. The medical students have also helped create over 50 MMI and SJT items that are currently used in our application process. Conclusions Additional research will be needed to ascertain lasting influence of this elective as our medical students transition into residency and attending leadership positions.  

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Benjamin Chan, M.D., M.B.A.

Assistant Dean, Admissions, University of Utah School of Medicine

Sunday February 26, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am

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