Purpose. This study examines how a wide range of supports and obstacles are associated with the medical school admissions process of American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs), an under-studied population.
Method. All AI/AN applicants to the University of Washington School of Medicine during the 2002–2004 admissions cycles were sent a mail-in survey with numerical and open-ended items. We analyzed admissions data for all 107 applicants and data on supports and obstacles for 34 survey respondents.
Results. Compared with respondents accepted by at least one medical school, rejected respondents were older, more often were parents, submitted fewer applications, and reported receiving less support for the medical school application process. Obstacles included difficulty with the Medical College Admission Test, insufficient finances, and poor information about the process.
Conclusion. A conceptual framework that considers both supports and obstacles in the medical school application process will improve our understanding of the needs of AI/AN applicants.
Authors:Patterson DG, Baldwin LM, Olsen P
Journal/Publisher:J Health Care Poor Underserved
Edition:May 2009. 20(2):308-329
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Citation:Patterson DG, Baldwin LM, Olsen P. Supports And Obstacles In The Medical School Application Process For American Indians And Alaska Natives. J Health Care Poor Underserved. May 2009 20(2):308-329
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