The Effect of Undergraduate Coursework on Students' Performance in the First Year at a U.S. Dental School.

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Summary of "The Effect of Undergraduate Coursework on Students' Performance in the First Year at a U.S. Dental School."

The aim of this study was to determine if there was a relationship between students' academic history and their performance in the first year of dental school, with a focus on academic load in undergraduate education. A total of 174 student records from the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine Classes of 2011 to 2018 were analyzed. These records included students at the top and bottom of each class at the end of their first term of study. Outcomes were broad measures of student success: student continued in curriculum, student withdrew/was dismissed, or student remediated at least one course. In the comparison of the top and bottom ten students across the classes, the following variables were found to be significant: Barron's score of undergraduate institution, undergraduate science GPA, number of failures or withdrawals from science courses during undergraduate education, DAT scores, and underrepresented minority status. The results of this study are not meant to inform the admissions process, but to highlight opportunities for enhancing student services via early identification of students who may benefit from additional academic support while in dental school.


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Name: Journal of dental education
ISSN: 1930-7837
Pages: 936-942


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