MCAT Central

Access to medical school is a narrow door and getting ever narrower, as is basic access to health care for most Americans. Data from this site collected by Robert C. Bowman, M.D., and the works and opinions are not from any association or institution.

MCAT Averages of Medical School Matriculants: Highest Scoring Admissions Result in the Fewest of Rural Origin, the Fewest Older Graduates, the Fewest Rural Graduates, the Fewest Family Physicians, the Fewest for Underserved Areas, and the Fewest Beginning or Remaining in Primary Care  Exclusive origins, exclusive training, exclusive career choice, amd exclusive practice location combine for least health access.

MCAT scores increasing 30% faster in Osteopathic Matriculants   Osteopathic graduates remain behind allopathic US matriculants, but changes in scores are a usual indicator of more urban, higher income origin admissions. These are also indications of declining health access choices in osteopathic graduates. The combination of fewer remaining in family medicine and more exclusive medical students will result in lower probability of health access careers for osteopathic graduates. Data from AACOM and AAMC

Not a surprise - controlling for origins, age at graduation, and career choice - the type of training as measure by the MCAT scores of matriculants in a medical school is related to 0.5 odds ratios probability of health access workforce. Most US allopathic public and nearly all osteopathic schools contribute to health access. Only the most exclusive fail exclusively in health access. Logistic regression tables are included with complete populations of physicians in the equations.

MCAT and FP 2005 - scatterplot of MCAT scores 2000 - 2003 and FP 2005 Match Choices
Controversies with the MCAT - computerized testing, glitches, who wins, and who loses
Driving Difficulty or Distinction - not much improvement in academics with MCAT increase, but loss of distribution
Physician Careers By MCAT Groups
Distribution of Physicians: Medical Schools with Distribution, MCAT scores, Instate Retention, and More
MCAT and Choice of Family Medicine
MCAT and Physician Distribution
Comparing Physician Distribution and the MCAT
Medical Schools and Distribution
Physician Distribution by Income Quintile Levels


MCAT Changes 1992 - 2007

Science scores continue to increase at about 0.1 unit per year.

Osteopathic scores are increasing 30% faster than US allopathic matriculants

Data from AAMC Data Warehouse

According to Ellen Julian, former AAMC VP in charge of the MCAT, MCAT scores were standardized to 1993 levels. Also according to Dr. Julian, the MCAT is not able to separate the students without some element of speeded bias, a discrimination based on processing information at a slightly different rate. In the 1990s, even females compared to males processed information at a different rate resulting in speeded bias. The differences in more normal as compared to most exclusive are significant, and a reason for lower scores not related to future performance. Students with different life experiences in dimensions of language, culture, geographic origin, access to technology and computers will also have different scores.

Those with the most concentrations and the most combinations of concentration have top scores. They also have lowest health access choices of careers and locations as physicians. Those least concentrated have lowest probability of admission. Those managing to get past barriers of income, education, property values, parents, and lower levels of social organization to gain admission have top probability of needed health access careers and locations.

Robert C. Bowman, M.D.

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