An analysis of admissions data and subsequent OSCE performance in a graduate-entry dental school

Jennifer Foley, Gillian Richardson, Karolin Hijazi

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Aims: To assess the association between four components of the admission procedure and subsequent performance in OSCE assessment of a graduate-entry dental programme.

Materials and Methods: Ethical approval was granted from the College Ethics Research Board. Data from the admissions procedure were captured of successful applicants enrolled on the dental course from 2008 to 2011. Data were as follows: (i) a pre-admission academic score (PAS) based on each student’s previous qualification, (ii) a score obtained from the UK Aptitude Test (UKCAT), (iii) the UCAS tariff points system and (iv) the score attained at the multiple mini-inter-view process (MMI). In addition, age and gender were recorded. Examination scores for 105 OSCE stations assessed during the study period were obtained. Data were analysed by multiple linear regression and Pearson correlation (IBM® SPSS® Statistics 19).

Results: In total, data for 75 students (F: 50; M: 25) with a median age of 26.0(inter-quartile range 24.0, 29.0) reviewed. A weak correlation was noted between MMI and OSCE scores (r=0.125, p=0.018, df=355) and UCAS tariff points and OSCE scores (r=0.148, p=0.006, df=337). No relationship was noted between gender, PAS, UKCAT and OSCE scores.

Conclusions: This study indicates that a better MMI score may indicate a better OSCE performance within the course.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e191
Number of pages1
JournalEuropean Journal of Dental Education
Issue number2
Early online date11 Apr 2013
Publication statusPublished - May 2013
Event38th Annual Meeting of the Association for Dental Education in Europe: Evidence-based dentistry: from bench to clinic - Lyon, France
Duration: 29 Aug 20121 Sept 2012


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