Table 4

Average score* of criteria that may affect the acceptance of an applicant to Pediatrics and Medical residency programs in Kuwait, 2011
Criteria Dermatology Emergency Medicine Internal Medicine Pediatrics Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Primary Health Care
N = 3 N = 4 N = 8 N = 6 N = 3 N = 4
Positive factors
Gender 2.66 1.50 1.00 1.33 1.66 3.00
Nationality 4.33 3.25 3.62 3.66 4.33 3.00
Grade Point Average (GPA) 4.33 1.75 4.00 3.00 3.66 3.25
Honors during medical school 4.00 2.25 4.00 3.00 3.00 3.25
Rank on class during medical school 4.00 1.50 3.25 2.83 3.33 2.00
Grades in required clerkships 4.66 1.75 3.62 3.33 3.66 2.25
Grades in clinical courses 4.33 1.75 3.25 4.00 4.00 2.25
Grades in pre-clinical courses 3.66 1.50 2.62 3.16 3.66 2.25
Electives in required clerkships 3.33 2.50 3.25 3.16 3.66 1.75
Research experience 3.66 2.75 3.50 3.00 4.00 2.50
Publications in indexed journals 3.66 2.25 3.87 3.16 3.33 2.25
Recommendation letters 4.00 2.50 3.37 3.66 3.66 3.50
Attending scientific conferences during medical school 4.00 1.75 3.50 3.83 3.33 2.00
Medical school reputation 3.66 1.75 3.75 3.50 3.33 3.50
Meaningful involvement in extracurricular activities during medical school 3.00 2.00 2.87 3.00 3.00 2.25
Interview performance 5.00 4.75 4.25 4.66 4.66 4.50
Negative factors
Received disciplinary action in medical school 4.66 2.50 4.25 2.83 4.00 3.25
Received failure in a required clerkship 4.66 2.75 3.37 3.50 3.66 2.75
Took extended time to graduate for academic reasons 4.33 2.25 3.87 2.33 2.66 3.50
Graduated in the lower third of class 4.00 1.50 3.12 2.33 2.66 2.50
Received a failure in a preclinical course 3.66 1.50 2.87 2.66 2.66 2.75
Had family responsibilities 2.33 2.50 1.87 2.00 2.00 3.25
Spent a long period after internship to apply for a residency program 2.66 3.25 3.37 2.50 2.66 2.75
Did not participate in extracurricular activities during medical school 2.00 1.50 1.75 2.16 1.66 1.50

*Scoring scale (positive factors):

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.

Scoring scale (negative factors):

5 = critically concerning; if present usually guarantee rejecting the applicant; 4 = very concerning; if present is likely used to reject the applicant; 3 = not very concerning; may be considered to reject applicants if there is a strong competition between applicants; 2 = rarely considered as concerning; rarely used to reject applicants; 1 = not a concern; not used at all in rejecting applicants.

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