Selection into medical school 
Topic Editors - Cleland JA, Hay M, Owen C, Hanson MD

Jennifer Cleland is Director of the Centre for Healthcare Education Research and Innovation, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nutrition, University of Aberdeen, UK

Margaret Hay is Academic Director, Admissions, in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing, and Health Sciences, Monash University, Australia

Clare Owen, Assistant Director, Medical Schools Council, UK

Mark D. Hanson, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada.

Selection is the first assessment in the medical education and training pathway. 

The ultimate intention of selection is to predict who will be the best doctors.  Medical School selection should therefore reliably identify whether candidates are likely to be successful in medical training and ultimately become competent clinicians. This is not straightforward, at least in part because there is a distance in time between selecting someone into medical school and them working as a doctor.  Moroever, performance as a doctor is not a discrete construct – is this about performance on postgraduate/college/Board examinations or patient ratings, or both plus other indictors? 

Medical school selection is a constantly evolving field. Our aim in this Ask AMEE guide is to help you navigate a vast body of research in such a way to inform practice and improve decision-making. 

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