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This publication is designed to help admissions committees, other medical school officials, and health professional advisors interpret student Medical College Admission (MCAT) performance. Data presented in this publication may be useful for those providing career counseling or designing programs to attract students to the practice of medicine. Information may also help health professions advisors and medical school admissions officers in comparing individual students with their peers in terms of attitudes, preferences, and beliefs about medical school and medical practice. Part 1, "Performance Characteristics of 1999 MCAT Examinees," includes data gathered from MCAT registration records. These data are reported in terms of examinations administered. Part 2, "1999 MCAT Examinee Characteristics and Perceptions of Medicine," presents data collected through the Premedical Student Questionnaire (PMQ), a survey completed as part of the MCAT registration process. The PMQ includes questions about the examinee's background, educational experiences, career plans, and perceptions of medicine. Appended are: classification of undergraduate majors; text of the PMQ item: most important influence on decision to study medicine; text of the PMQ item: reasons for choosing a career in medicine; and text of the PMQ item: perceptions of medicine. (SM)

Descriptors: Career Choice, College Admission, Higher Education, Medical Schools, Medical Students, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Tables (Data)

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