Tid for revurdering af adgangskravene til laegestudiet?

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  • Hanne Bang
  • Birgit H Petersson
  • Marianne Agergaard
  • Risør, Torsten
  • Tine Rask Eriksen

INTRODUCTION: Since 1960, the number of female medical students has risen and now amounts to about 60% of the total. During this period, the entrance requirements for medical studies have been changed, meaning that it is average A-level marks that qualify students for studying medicine (Quota 1 students). Some students whose A-level marks are unsatisfactory can be admitted anyhow, if they have had occupational experience (Quota 2 students). The aim of this article is to present some of the conditions that are of importance to the students' rate of finishing their medical studies.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: From 1992 to 2002, four questionnaires were given to a cohort of medical students admitted to the university in summer 1992. The first questionnaire, the data from which are used in this article, was answered by 252 students (79%). Information about the graduation status of this group was extracted from the university database.

RESULTS: The results showed that 49% of the 252 students were Quota 2 students and that these were on average somewhat older at time of admittance (22.3 years) than were Quota 1 students (20.3 years). More women (53%) than men were Quota 1 students. There was no difference between Quota 1 and 2 students as regarded the time spent on their studies and the percentage who graduated. Male students were significantly more successful in finishing their studies (75%) than were female students (61%). Furthermore, there was a majority of upper-class students, and these students, like the students with a background in natural science and those whose father had a university degree, had a high completion rate.

CONCLUSION: The study does not show that there is a basis for abolishing the Quota 2 arrangement. Even if the differences are minor, it might lead to a reduction in the number of male students. Seen from the point of view of gender equality, that would not be desirable. The fact that so many students, particularly the female students, do not finish their studies should be further examined.

Bidragets oversatte titelIs it time to reevaluate the entrance requirements for medical studies?
TidsskriftUgeskrift for Laeger
Udgave nummer18
Sider (fra-til)1753-5
Antal sider3
StatusUdgivet - 1 maj 2006


  • Adult, Aptitude Tests, Cohort Studies, College Admission Test, Education, Medical, Female, Humans, Male, School Admission Criteria, Sex Distribution, Sex Factors, Students, Medical, Surveys and Questionnaires

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