Short- and long-term academic predictors of medical student performance

Ulster Med J. 1988 Oct;57(2):149-54.


The relationship between entry qualifications and performance throughout the medical course was studied in individual cohorts of students admitted in the years 1977 to 1981. A modest but significant relationship with overall initial qualifications was found throughout the course. Students without biology showed a marked disadvantage in the first year but the effect did not persist. There were quite marked variations in all these effects between cohorts; studying only a single cohort could lead to inappropriate conclusions.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Achievement*
  • Cohort Studies
  • Education, Medical, Undergraduate
  • Educational Measurement*
  • Humans
  • School Admission Criteria
  • Students, Medical*