The goal of the studies in this thesis is to find factors to predict more reliably which subgroups of students will encounter what kind of problems in which study phase in medical school. To that purpose, the relationship between factors related to the student, the curriculum and the social environment on one side and student achievement on the other is investigated for both distinctive study phases and subgroups of students. One of the main outcomes of this thesis is a very useful model for the early and reliable prediction of students who will fail to pass the first-year curriculum within two years of study. By using this model we are able to identify at 6 months from the start a manageable group of students for a short remedial support programme. It is also shown that too many of our students would be dismissed on non-rational grounds at the end of the first year of study, if we would only use their number of credits obtained as selection criterion. Based on this latter finding the Binding Study Advice regulation in our medical school has been adapted.

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Baars, G. (2009, October 30). Factors Related to Student Achievement in Medical School. Retrieved from