2016-2017 Research Projects

The Center develops and conducts research projects to support schools of health in their efforts to ensure a more diverse student body, faculty, and healthcare workforce.

Project 1

Does Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) versus traditional interview (TI) method disfavor disadvantaged and Underrepresented Minority (URM) medical school applicants? A multi-institutional study of admissions interview practices.

Goals: To examine how URM and socioeconomically disadvantaged (SED) applicants perform in traditional interviews versus MMIs (as compared to their counterparts).

Description: MMIs are replacing TIs in the admissions process at medical schools. There is limited information about how MMI vs TI may affect disadvantaged and URM applicants to medical school. Using a multi-institutional database that includes applicants undergoing both TIs and MMIs, we will examine how these two kinds of interviews affect interview scores.

Principal Investigator: Peter Franks, M.D., M.S.Ed.
Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine
UC Davis School of Medicine

Project 2

Do community colleges (CC) enhance the diversity of the physician pipeline? A multi-institutional study of medical school admissions practices.

Goals: To examine how the CC pathway impacts medical school performance and career intentions (as compared to their non-CC pathway counterparts).

Description: A recent national study using the Association of American Medical College data found that one‐third of medical students attend a CC during their pre‐medical experience (Talamantes et al., 2014). In addition, the CC pathway serves as a significant pathway to medical school for underrepresented minority and socioeconomically disadvantaged students. Less is known about the performance and career choice of medical students who use the CC pathway. Using a multi‐institutional database that includes applicants and matriculants, we will examine the association among CC pathway, medical student performance and career choice.

Principal Investigator:
Efrain Talamantes, M.D., M.B.A., M.S.H.P.M.
Assistant Professor
Associate Director, Center for Reducing Health Disparities
Associate Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
UC Davis School of Medicine