Barbara Griffin

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AIM To investigate whether commercial coaching affects performance in the Undergraduate Medical and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT). METHOD The effect of coaching on the UMAT scores of 402 final high school students applying for medicine was examined using t-tests and multiple regression analyses that controlled for academic performance, high school(More)
Given the accumulating evidence that performance in medical school and beyond is related to personality, it is important for research to consider how personality assessment can be included as part of the process of selecting medical students. Interviews are one way of measuring personality and this study extends prior research investigating whether the(More)
The objective was to develop and test a framework based on a biopsychosocial model that can be used to identify factors associated with subjective (self-estimated) life expectancy (SLE). SLE predicts important work and retirement decisions so a better understanding of the factors that contribute to an individual's thoughts about their likely age at death is(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the practice effects from coaching on the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT), and the effect of both coaching and repeat testing on the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI). DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS Observational study based on a self-report survey of a cohort of 287 applicants for entry in 2008 to the(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate whether interviewer personality, sex or being of the same sex as the interviewee, and training account for variance between interviewers' ratings in a medical student selection interview. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS In 2006 and 2007, data were collected from cohorts of each year's interviewers (by survey) and interviewees (by(More)
CONTEXT The lack of representation of people from low socio-economic and socio-educational backgrounds in the medical profession is of growing concern and yet research investigating the problem typically studies recruitment and selection in isolation. This study examines the impacts of home and school socio-economic status (SES) from application to(More)
OBJECTIVES The problem of dissimulation by applicants when self-report tests of personality are used for job selection has received considerable attention in non-medical contexts. Personality testing is not yet widely used in medical student selection, but this may change in the light of recent research demonstrating significant relationships between(More)
INTRODUCTION While there have been studies exploring the impact of personality on medical student selection and performance there has not been an investigation of the personality of students at different schools. METHOD Demographic data and responses to the NEO measure of personality traits were collected from medical students in the first two weeks of(More)
OBJECTIVE Recent efforts to redress the deficit of rural medical practitioners have considered the problem of recruitment and retention of rural doctors as one of influencing individuals' career choices. Exposure to rural medical environments during basic medical training is one long-standing example of an initiative aimed in this direction and there is(More)