Dental school admissions in Ireland: can current selection criteria predict success?

Lynch, C. D. and McConnell, R. J. and Hannigan, A. (2006) Dental school admissions in Ireland: can current selection criteria predict success? European Journal of Dental Education, 10 (2). pp. 73-79. ISSN 13965883

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Introduction: Entry into university education in Ireland, including dental school, is based solely on academic performance in the Leaving Certificate Examination, held at the end of formal school education. The aim of this investigation was to examine the suitability of this process for the selection of dental students in Ireland. Materials and methods: Information for all dental students who entered the dental degree programme immediately following completion of the Leaving Certificate Examination at the National University of Ireland, Cork, during the years 1997–1999 was retrieved. Information was collected relating to gender, the number of times the student had attempted the Leaving Certificate Examination, their performance in this examination, the total number of marks awarded to each student at the end of the First and Final Dental Examinations, and their performance in individual modules. Results: Whilst there was a significant relationship between performance in the Leaving Certificate Examination and the First Dental Examination (correlation coefficient = 0.22, P < 0.05), this relationship could only explain 12% of the variation within the performance of students in this examination. There was no relationship between performance in the Leaving Certificate and the Final Dental Examination (correlation coefficient = 0.09, P > 0.05). There was a significant correlation between performance in the Leaving Certificate Examination and performance in seven of the 55 programme modules, all of which were pre-clinical modules, and of which five were related to basic sciences. Conclusions: Based on the limitations of this study, the current selection process for dental students in Ireland seems to be of limited value. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]; Copyright of European Journal of Dental Education is the property of Wiley-Blackwell and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)

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Additional Information: Lynch, C. D. 1; Email Address: McConnell, R. J. 1 Hannigan, A. 2; Affiliation: 1: Department of Restorative Dentistry, National University of Ireland, Cork, Ireland 2: Department of Mathematics & Statistics, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland; Source Info: May2006, Vol. 10 Issue 2, p73; Subject Term: DENTAL schools -- Entrance examinations; Subject Term: COLLEGE entrance examinations; Subject Term: UNIVERSITIES & colleges -- Admission; Subject Term: UNIVERSITIES & colleges; Subject Term: DENTAL students; Subject Term: HEALTH occupations students; Subject Term: IRELAND; Author-Supplied Keyword: admissions; Author-Supplied Keyword: dental education; Author-Supplied Keyword: dental student; Author-Supplied Keyword: performance; Author-Supplied Keyword: quality; Author-Supplied Keyword: selection; NAICS/Industry Codes: 611310 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools; Number of Pages: 7p; Illustrations: 1 Chart, 2 Graphs; Document Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: DENTAL schools -- Entrance examinations; COLLEGE entrance examinations; UNIVERSITIES & colleges -- Admission; UNIVERSITIES & colleges; DENTAL students; HEALTH occupations students; IRELAND; admissions; dental education; dental student; performance; quality; selection
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