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The Academic Backbone: longitudinal continuities in educational achievement from secondary school and medical school to MRCP(UK) and the specialist register in UK medical students and doctors.

McManus, I; Woolf, K; Dacre, J; Paice, E; Dewberry, C; (2013) The Academic Backbone: longitudinal continuities in educational achievement from secondary school and medical school to MRCP(UK) and the specialist register in UK medical students and doctors. BMC Medicine , 11 , Article 242. 10.1186/1741-7015-11-242. Green open access

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Abstract

Selection of medical students in the UK is still largely based on prior academic achievement, although doubts have been expressed as to whether performance in earlier life is predictive of outcomes later in medical school or post-graduate education. This study analyses data from five longitudinal studies of UK medical students and doctors from the early 1970s until the early 2000s. Two of the studies used the AH5, a group test of general intelligence (that is, intellectual aptitude). Sex and ethnic differences were also analyzed in light of the changing demographics of medical students over the past decades.

Type: Article
Title: The Academic Backbone: longitudinal continuities in educational achievement from secondary school and medical school to MRCP(UK) and the specialist register in UK medical students and doctors.
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1186/1741-7015-11-242
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1741-7015-11-242
Language: English
Additional information: PMCID: PMC3827330 © 2013 McManus et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Academic Backbone, Secondary school attainment, Undergraduate medical education, Post-graduate medical education, Longitudinal analyses, Continuities, Medical student selection, Cognitive capital, Medical capital, Aptitude tests
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > UCL Medical School
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1412939
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