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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of candidates

From: Dutch postgraduate GP selection procedure; reliability of interview assessments

Individual characteristics 1st time application 2nd/3rd time application Total
N = 264 N = 101 N = 365
Gender male, N (%) 68 (25.8) 30 (29.7) 98 (26.8)
Age, mean in years (SD) 29.2 (4.7) 31.0 (5.2) 29.7 (4.9)
Medical school NW Europe, N (%) 251 (95.1) 94 (93.1) 345 (94.5)
Past clinical performance < 1 year, N (%) 136 (51.5) 34 (33.7) 170 (46.6)
Candidates’ qualities    
Motivation, total mean score (SD) 2.3 (0.6) 2.4 (0.5) 2.3 (0.6)
Orientation on the job, total mean score (SD) 2.0 (0.5) 2.1 (0.5) 2.0 (0.5)
Learning needs, total mean score (SD) 2.3 (0.5) 2.2 (0.6) 2.2 (0.5)
Personal attributes, total mean score (SD)* 2.3 (0.6) 2.1 (0.5) 2.2 (0.6)
Admitted, N (%) 148 (56.1) 58 (57.4) 206 (56.4)
  1. SD = standard deviation.
  2. *difference 0.2 (CI 95%: 0.1 – 0.3).