Appraising Medical School Admissions Tools for Implicit Bias

This research considers the diversity profile of applicants to medical schools across Canada and with specific respect to the Undergraduate MD Program at McMaster University and contemplates the degree of potential implicit bias inherent to medical school admissions systems. In particular, this work will seek to understand the degree of statistical association between applicant social identity characteristics and performance on merit-based admissions tools operationalized by medical school admissions committees. Significant effects will be scrutinized with the goal of identifying the sources of unwarranted bias and will provide recommendations for more equitable admissions processes that will support medical school social accountability missions designed to create more diverse and inclusive learning environments.

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Thuy-Anh Ngo
Faculty Supervisor: 
Lawrence Grierson
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Ontario
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