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Erschienen in: Wiener klinische Wochenschrift 7-8/2015

01.04.2015 | original article

Time: an underestimated variable in minimizing the gender gap in medical college admission scores

verfasst von: PhD, PhD, MPH Marion Habersack, MD Hans Peter Dimai, MSc Daniel Ithaler, DSc Prof. Gilbert Reibnegger

Erschienen in: Wiener klinische Wochenschrift | Ausgabe 7-8/2015

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Summary

Background

Results of medical college admission tests in Austria demonstrate the slightly worse performance of women, and are the basis for discussions around fairness and a basic science knowledge gap among female applicants.

Purpose

The purpose of this article was to investigate a basic science knowledge gap among female candidates of the admission test at the Medical University of Graz, and to evaluate whether the point of time of taking the examination has an influence on the test results.

Methods

Observational investigations of the results of the admission test at the Medical University of Graz were performed. A total of 3405 applicants were included in the study. Statistical analyses were performed by routine methods.

Results

Male Austrian applicants are invariably more successful than female Austrian applicants when they pass the admission test immediately after completing secondary education. When female as well as male candidates pass the admission test 1 year after completion of secondary education, the differences in the results are no longer statistically significant.

Conclusions

A basic science knowledge gap in the Austrian applicants can be confirmed. The variable time can be interpreted as an opportunity for the reduction of a basic science knowledge gap.
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Metadaten
Titel
Time: an underestimated variable in minimizing the gender gap in medical college admission scores
verfasst von
PhD, PhD, MPH Marion Habersack
MD Hans Peter Dimai
MSc Daniel Ithaler
DSc Prof. Gilbert Reibnegger
Publikationsdatum
01.04.2015
Verlag
Springer Vienna
Erschienen in
Wiener klinische Wochenschrift / Ausgabe 7-8/2015
Print ISSN: 0043-5325
Elektronische ISSN: 1613-7671
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s00508-014-0649-7

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