A copy of "Does Applicant Personality Influence Multiple Mini-Interview Performance and Medical School Acceptance Offers?" can be downloaded at UC Davis School of Medicine is among the nation's leading medical schools, recognized for its research and primary-care programs. program is training the next generation of physician-scientists to conduct high-impact research and translate discoveries into better clinical care.It's believed to favor candidates who have the social and communication skills to navigate the complexities of health care and who can think on their feet and work in teams."We adopted the MMI approach to explore a potentially more reliable, multisource assessment of our applicants than the traditional, one-on-one interview format," said Mark Henderson, associate dean for admissions at UC Davis School of Medicine and a co-author of the study."The results raise important questions that can only be answered with longitudinal follow up of students chosen using this method and further studies.Two reporters discuss coverage of the sexual harassment story in Sacramento.Politi Fact California reporter Chris Nichols looks at gas prices.Anthony Jerant"A range of thoughts and styles is important in any institutional setting," said lead author Anthony Jerant, a professor in the UC Davis Department of Family and Community Medicine.
Based on the results, published online in the September issue of the journal the authors warn that reliance on MMI -- adopted by medical schools nationwide, including the UC Davis School of Medicine -- could potentially lead to medical school classes dominated by a single personality attribute.
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Those with extroversion scores in the top quartile had significantly higher MMI scores than their counterparts.
Conscientiousness, long considered the best predictor of success in medical school and physician practice, was not associated with higher scores."There is a need for broader, multi-school randomized trials to compare the reliability, predictive validity and personality consequences of the MMI with traditional interview processes," Jerant said.