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

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Selection processes for entry into medical school are continually under scrutiny, not only for predictive validity, but also for equity and fairness.13 The importance of equitable selection criteria that can identify candidates who will succeed academically and negotiate the transition into professional practice is widely acknowledged.3,4 Simultaneously, broadening the admissions base is an important part of social accountability, and selection processes at some schools include mechanisms to select students based on background, social status and personal qualities, as well as academic performance.5,6 Mechanisms employed to do this include quotas, personal statements, portfolios and interviews.1,4,7

Internationally, debate continues about who to admit to medical study, and how to admit them.3