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A computer-assisted admission matching system for the University of Texas medical schools

A computer-assisted admission matching system for the University of Texas medical schools

Journal of Medical Education 51(6): 478-486

The feasibility of a computer-assisted admission matching system was investigated in 1973-74 at the Medical and Dental Application Center at the request of the four University of Texas medical schools. Preference data were gathered from applicants and from schools, and matching simulation was conducted concurrently with actual admission action for 1974 entering classes. Implementation of a matching system for admission of the 1975 entering classes was demonstrated to be feasible, and a decision to implement such a system was made. Data indicating the need for a matching system are briefly reviewed, and the matching concept is discussed. Results of the 1974 feasibility study are presented, and the first year of implementation for the 1975 entering classes is described. Admission matching improved the efficiency of the admission process by reducing the number of unproductive offers of admission and by providing more applicants earlier decisions from participating schools regarding their applications.

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PMID: 1271440

DOI: 10.1097/00001888-197606000-00006

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