PMID: 12873687Jul 23, 2003

The influence of educational preparation on evaluations of applicants for radiation therapy positions: a policy-capturing experiment

International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Jeff W JohnsonJerry B Reid


To determine whether radiation therapy department administrators prefer to hire graduates with certain types of educational preparation. The study was undertaken by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists as part of a larger project to determine educational requirements for radiation therapists. Forty-one department administrators evaluated applications from a pool of 984 hypothetical applicants for the position of radiation therapist. Applications were created by systematically varying eight characteristics such as years of experience, quality of educational program, and ratings from prior references. Type of educational program (baccalaureate degree, associate's degree, or hospital certificate) was of particular interest in this study. Each administrator evaluated 24 applications and assigned a rating ranging from 1 to 5 to indicate the extent to which he or she desired to interview each applicant. All ratings and applicant characteristics were coded and subjected to regression-type analyses to determine the relative importance of each applicant characteristic to administrators' decision-making policies. Information obtained from applicant references had the greatest impact on administrators' evaluations of applican...Continue Reading


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