Table 1

Characteristics of Indiana University Medical Students Trained at a Regional Campus Versus Those Trained at the Main Indianapolis Campus, Graduating Classes of 1988–1997*

Characteristic

Regional Campus

(N = 1,211)

Indianapolis Campus

(N = 1,200)


Age at Graduation (mean, SD)

27.7, 3.1

27.7, 3.4

N

1,211

1,200

Sex (% female)

31.6%

33.8%

N

1,211

1,200

Race (% non-white)†

8.1%

11.2%

N

1,207

1,199

Socioeconomic Status (% middle & lower tier)†

42.5%

35.0%

N

1,193

1,182

Hometown Urban Influence Code (% non-metro)

19.2%

15.8%

N

1,206

1,187

MCAT Score (mean, SD)†‡

4.8, 0.95

5.0, 1.0

N

1,204

1,197

Academic Rank (mean, SD)§

5.0, 0.82

5.0, 0.92

N

853

833


*Of the 2,487 graduates in the study cohort, 76 were excluded because they had attended more than one campus during their preclinical years or because they had transferred into the 3rd year from another school.

†Significantly different by two-tailed univariate test, P < 0.005.

‡Because MCAT scores have been scaled differently over the decade, and therefore not comparable across years, the students' scores were converted to z-scores and the constant 5 was added to provide a consistent scale.

§Each student's academic rank in medical school was computed as the equally-weighted average of three parts: combined 1st and 2nd year GPA, Step 1 score, and 3rd year GPA. Rankings were converted to z-scores plus the constant 5. Academic rank was unavailable for 725 students (classes of 1988–1990).

Brokaw et al. BMC Medical Education 2009 9:29   doi:10.1186/1472-6920-9-29

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