Participation in enrichment programs and its effect on interview scores of applicants to the University of Washington School of Medicine

Acad Med. 1999 Apr;74(4):360-2. doi: 10.1097/00001888-199904000-00024.


Enrichment programs for underrepresented-minority (URM) and disadvantaged students provide a variety of motivational, academic, and research opportunities. Many enrichment programs take place in medical schools, where one might expect the students to pick up skills and knowledge that could give them a competitive advantage during their medical school admission interviews. To test this, the authors surveyed the 227 URM students who were interviewed at the University of Washington School of Medicine in 1993, 1994, and 1995, dividing them into two groups: 97 students who had participated in enrichment programs and 130 students who had not. The authors compared the interview scores of the two groups. Participation in an enrichment program was not associated with better interview scores. Being a woman and having strong MCAT verbal reasoning scores were the only variables that had statistical significance for the prediction equation of the interview score.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Education, Premedical*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Minority Groups / education*
  • School Admission Criteria*
  • Schools, Medical*
  • Washington