Table 2

Average score of criteria that may positively affect the acceptance of an applicant to residency programs in Kuwait, 2011
Rank Criteria Score*
1 Interview performance 4.63
2 Grade Point Average (GPA) 3.78
3 Honors during medical school 3.67
4 Nationality 3.59
5 Grades in required clerkships 3.43
6/7 Electives in required clerkships 3.41
6/7 Research experience 3.41
8/9 Medical school reputation 3.39
8/9 Recommendation letters 3.39
10 Grades in clinical courses 3.37
11 Publications in indexed journals 3.33
12 Rank on class during medical school 3.27
13 Attending scientific conferences during medical school 3.15
14 Grades in pre-clinical courses 2.98
15 Meaningful involvement in extracurricular activities during medical school 2.87
16 Gender 1.71

*Scoring scale:

5 = critical; if present usually guarantee selecting the applicant.

4 = important; if present is very useful in selecting the applicant.

3 = not very important, but useful if present.

2 = rarely considered when selecting residents.

1 = not important at all when selecting residents.

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