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This publication is designed to help admissions committees, other medical school officers, and health professions advisors interpret students' Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) performance. The data can also help in comparing individual students with their peers in terms of attitudes, preferences, and beliefs about medical school and medical practice. Data in part 1, "Performance Characteristics of 1998 MCAT Examinees," come from MCAT registration records and are reported in terms of examinations administered. The data include percentile tables, performance by undergraduate major, and performance by state of legal residence. Data in part 2, "1998 MCAT Examinee Characteristics and Perceptions of Medicine," come from the Premedical Student Questionnaire (PMQ), a survey completed as part of the MCAT registration process. The PMQ includes questions about background, educational experiences, career plans, and perceptions of medicine. Part 2 includes data on students' demographic characteristics, academic characteristics, and perceptions of medicine and career plans. Appended are: an undergraduate major classification; 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: College Admission, Higher Education, Medical Education, Medical Schools, Medical Students, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Tables (Data)

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Author: Peck, Jeremy; Cooke, Amy Isenberg


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