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Removing the interview for medical school selection is associated with gender bias among enrolled students


In reply: We thank Behrendorff and Liu for their interest in our paper and their insightful comments. We acknowledge the validity of their argument that gender bias may be associated with a decrease in the number of direct-entry, or domestic, graduate places offered at the University of Queensland (UQ) School of Medicine. However, we would counter that the change in numbers across the two domestic entry pathways is another contributing factor, rather than an alternative hypothesis. In our article we point out that the change in gender ratio was associated with the removal of the interview, not that it was caused by the removal of the interview. As with graduate medical student performance in general,1 there are likely to be a number of interacting factors underlying the change in gender proportions at UQ. For example, the possibility of changing characteristics within the GAMSAT candidate pool is worthy of exploration. Further research is underway to help identify the factors related to the gender differences in GAMSAT performance as well as the underlying causes.