Selection methods in healthcare professions: where are we now and where next?

Fiona Patterson, Jennifer Cleland, Fran Cousans

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This special issue is intended to provide a platform to present state-of-the-art research on key issues in selection and increasing diversity in medicine, and to promote further debate between colleagues across the globe. Selection into medicine continues to be highly competitive and so can be highly resource intensive, creating a practical issue for recruiters. Depending on the method and procedures used for selection, a major risk of litigation exists if these are viewed as ‘unfair’ by key stakeholders. Political considerations also influence selection practices (Anderson 2011; Patterson et al. 2012), such as an increased emphasis on widening access and promoting diversity. Selection is therefore ‘high-stakes’ from many perspectives and policy should be heavily influenced by good quality research evidence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-242
Number of pages14
JournalAdvances in Health Sciences Education
Issue number2
Early online date24 Mar 2017
Publication statusPublished - May 2017


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