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Table 1 Characteristics of Indiana University Medical Students Trained at a Regional Campus Versus Those Trained at the Main Indianapolis Campus, Graduating Classes of 1988–1997*

From: The influence of regional basic science campuses on medical students' choice of specialty and practice location: a historical cohort study

Characteristic Regional Campus
(N = 1,211)
Indianapolis Campus
(N = 1,200)
Age at Graduation (mean, SD) 27.7, 3.1 27.7, 3.4
   N 1,211 1,200
Sex (% female) 31.6% 33.8%
   N 1,211 1,200
Race (% non-white)† 8.1% 11.2%
   N 1,207 1,199
Socioeconomic Status (% middle & lower tier)† 42.5% 35.0%
   N 1,193 1,182
Hometown Urban Influence Code (% non-metro) 19.2% 15.8%
   N 1,206 1,187
MCAT Score (mean, SD)†‡ 4.8, 0.95 5.0, 1.0
   N 1,204 1,197
Academic Rank (mean, SD)§ 5.0, 0.82 5.0, 0.92
   N 853 833
  1. *Of the 2,487 graduates in the study cohort, 76 were excluded because they had attended more than one campus during their preclinical years or because they had transferred into the 3rd year from another school.
  2. †Significantly different by two-tailed univariate test, P < 0.005.
  3. ‡Because MCAT scores have been scaled differently over the decade, and therefore not comparable across years, the students' scores were converted to z-scores and the constant 5 was added to provide a consistent scale.
  4. §Each student's academic rank in medical school was computed as the equally-weighted average of three parts: combined 1st and 2nd year GPA, Step 1 score, and 3rd year GPA. Rankings were converted to z-scores plus the constant 5. Academic rank was unavailable for 725 students (classes of 1988–1990).