Table 1

Baseline characteristics of candidates
Individual characteristics 1st time application 2nd/3rd time application Total
N = 264 N = 101 N = 365
Gender male, N (%) 68 (25.8) 30 (29.7) 98 (26.8)
Age, mean in years (SD) 29.2 (4.7) 31.0 (5.2) 29.7 (4.9)
Medical school NW Europe, N (%) 251 (95.1) 94 (93.1) 345 (94.5)
Past clinical performance < 1 year, N (%) 136 (51.5) 34 (33.7) 170 (46.6)
Candidates’ qualities
Motivation, total mean score (SD) 2.3 (0.6) 2.4 (0.5) 2.3 (0.6)
Orientation on the job, total mean score (SD) 2.0 (0.5) 2.1 (0.5) 2.0 (0.5)
Learning needs, total mean score (SD) 2.3 (0.5) 2.2 (0.6) 2.2 (0.5)
Personal attributes, total mean score (SD)* 2.3 (0.6) 2.1 (0.5) 2.2 (0.6)
Admitted, N (%) 148 (56.1) 58 (57.4) 206 (56.4)

SD = standard deviation.

*difference 0.2 (CI 95%: 0.1 – 0.3).

Vermeulen et al.

Vermeulen et al. BMC Family Practice 2013 14:43   doi:10.1186/1471-2296-14-43

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