Current Theme

Selection and Recruitment in Medical Education
01/10/2018 - 02/01/2019

Internationally, selection into medicine continues to be highly competitive and is considered ‘high stakes’ by a multitude of different stakeholders. Practically, selection can be highly resource intensive, so what are the most effective and efficient approaches to designing robust selection methods and systems? This special issue provides a platform to present the latest research, case studies and commentaries on current and future issues in selection and recruitment in medical education. We encourage authors to consider the following key questions and themes (amongst others):

  • What are the important selection criteria for the future (e.g. creativity and innovation, resilience, adaptability, compassion, computer sciences) and to what extent should we/can we assess these at point of selection?
  • How may current and/or advancing technologies (e.g. social media, big data, virtual reality, artificial intelligence) influence selection methods for the future?
  • To what extent is selection ‘fair’ – how can we address schools’ pursuit of prestige, broadening stakeholder participation, differential attainment, diversity and improving widening access?
  • With the increasing globalisation of recruitment and selection processes to medical schools, what will be the impact regarding workforce issues?
  • Most of the published research has come from Europe, North America and Australia/New Zealand, what can we learn about selection in other countries?
  • Recruitment practices are often heavily influenced by the local political landscape, what can we learn from case material internationally?

We invite all authors interested in research related to issues of selection and recruitment (in both undergraduate and postgraduate settings) to submit their manuscripts for this special edition of MedEdPublish.

Alongside experienced researchers we wish to encourage early career researchers and students to submit.

To ensure manuscripts are considered for inclusion in this themed issue, authors are asked to upload their manuscript through the online submission form between 1st October 2018 and the 30th November 2018.  Manuscripts will be published as soon as they are received and have been approved.  It will not be possible to publish manuscripts received after the 30th November 2018.

We encourage you to discuss a possible submission as soon as possible by contacting the theme editors at [email protected]

View published papers with this theme here

Prof Fiona Patterson
Theme Editor
United Kingdom
Fiona Patterson is a leading expert in the field of selection, assessment and innovation in organisations. She is the founding Director for Work Psychology Group, a research-led consulting practice located in the UK and Australia, providing advice to public and private sector organisations internationally. She is a Visiting Professor to City, University of London, and the University of Nottingham. Fiona publishes regularly in the highest-ranking journals in medical education and psychology and she has published over 100 peer reviewed articles. In recognition of her work in selection, in 2012 Fiona was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the UK Royal College of General Practice, which is the highest award the College can bestow. In 2013, she won the annual British Psychological Society’s Academic Contribution to Practice award. In 2014, alongside her collaborators and the UK Medical Schools Council, Fiona launched a new international research network for selection for the healthcare professions (INReSH) with contributors from around the globe. Building on this work, in 2017, Fiona was guest editor a special issue of Advances in Health Science Education with 25 articles focusing on the latest research in selection into healthcare. She is currently co-editor of a book, Selection and recruitment in healthcare; Research, theory and practice, to be published in 2018.
Prof Barbara Griffin
Co-Theme Editor
Professor Barbara Griffin is the Director of the Organisational Psychology program at Macquarie University, Australia. Her research investigates person-environment fit and adjustment processes across the employee career cycle, including projects on selection, culture assessment, maladaptive behaviour, and career transition. Barbara has developed admissions processes for undergraduate and postgraduate medical schools and health disciplines, conducted several longitudinal studies of medical students, and collaborated on related projects with specialists in medical education across Australia. She has published articles on selection interviews, commercial coaching, and widening participation.
Dr Mark Hanson
Co-Theme Editor
Dr. Hanson is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at the Hospital for Sick Children and Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Medical education scholarship and administration is the academic focus of his career. He is Fellowship Director for the Department of Psychiatry and Medical Psychiatry Alliance (MPA), both positions held at the Hospital for Sick Children. He is a current Associated Medical Services (AMS) Phoenix Fellow with scholarship focused upon engagement of patients in the selection of health professions trainees. Previous medical education positions held include Associate Dean/Director Admissions and Student Financial Aid, Undergraduate Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. Admissions scholarship focused upon issues of social accountability plus admissions interviewing and file review methods. He has previously held Child and Adolescent Psychiatry educational administrative positions including Director of Education, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Program, Hospital for Sick Children and Director, Undergraduate Medical Education, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto.