PMID: 5908424Apr 2, 1966

Canadian applicants to medical schools in Canada for 1965-66

Canadian Medical Association Journal
D G Fish, G G Clarke


An examination of applicants to Canadian medical schools for 1965-66 revealed that 4660 applications were received by the 12 schools for approximately 900 places available; 2852 of these were from Canadians, but because many applicants applied to more than one school, these 2852 applications represented only 1767 individuals. Evaluations made by the schools concerning the acceptability of these applicants showed that only 36 persons rated as "acceptable" by one or more schools failed to gain admission to any Canadian school for 1965-66. Furthermore, 66 "marginal" applicants were accepted, as were 130 multiple applicants who were rated as "acceptable" by one school but "marginal" and/or "unacceptable" by one or more other schools. Of the 464 multiple applicants, only 40% received the same evaluation from all schools to which they applied. If those multiple applicants who were rated as acceptable by all schools to which they applied are added to single applicants rated as acceptable, the pool of these clearly acceptable candidates (40% of all Canadian applicants) is sufficient only to fill 78% of places available. It was thus concluded that it is erroneous to speak of a surplus of well-qualified Canadian applicants at the present...Continue Reading

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