Dutch medical schools abandon selection for lottery system for places
- By: Jan Coebergh
Two Dutch medical schools will no longer independently select some students as these students do not perform better at medical school.
Until 1999, admission into the nine Dutch medical schools was based entirely on a lottery. Based on academic grades, the average chance of getting a place was 35%, rising to 70% for those with the highest grades.
The law changed in 1999 after a media row over a bright girl who was not allowed to enter medical school three years in a row. Universities were allowed to select up to half their intake themselves. Only five out of nine medical school made use of this opportunity to select through personal statement, extensive tests, and interviews. Some used this allowance to promote entry of mature students, graduates, and ethnic minorities.
In recent evaluations at four universities, three found that selected students did not get higher grades than those given places