Thomas Jefferson University
Sidney Kimmel Medical College
Asano-Gonnella Center for Research in Medical Education & Health Care

Callahan, Clara A.

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Clara A. Callahan, MD

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1015 Walnut Street
Curtis Building, Suite 110
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 955-4077
(215) 955-5151 fax

Dr. Callahan is a Professor of Pediatrics and the Lillian H. Brent Dean of Students and Admissions.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology from Wayne State University. She subsequently attended the Medical College of Pennsylvania, where she did two years of her pediatric residency before moving to Jefferson to complete her last year of residency training. She subsequently was the Charles Culpepper Fellow in Ambulatory Pediatrics.  She was appointed to the Pediatrics faculty in 1982 and joined the Dean’s Staff of the Medical College in 1987. After initially working in Student Affairs, she began the Dean for Admissions in 1999. Given Dr. Callahan’s long time involvement with medical students, it is not surprising that much of her research centers on the performance on students in medical school and beyond. Her most recent paper, with Drs. Hojat and Gonnella, “The predictive validity of three versions of the MCAT in relation to performance in medical school, residency, and licensing examinations: a longitudinal study of 36 classes of Jefferson Medical College”.


Most Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

  1. Predicting risk of hospitalisation: A retrospective population-based analysis in a paediatric population in Emilia-Romagna, Italy
  2. The predictive validity of three versions of the mcat in relation to performance in medical school, residency, and licensing examinations: A longitudinal study of 36 classes of jefferson medical college
  3. Components of postgraduate competence: Analyses of thirty years of longitudinal data
  4. Volunteer bias in medical education research: An empirical study of over three decades of longitudinal data
  5. Economic diversity in medical education: The relationship between students' family income and academic performance, career choice, and student debt
  6. Students personality and ratings of clinical competence medical school clerkships: A longitudinal study
  7. Medical education and health services research: The linkage
  8. African American and White physicians: A comparison of satisfaction with medical education, professional careers, and research activities
  9. Conceptualization and measurement of clinical competence of residents: A brief rating form and its psychometric properties
  10. Empathy in medical students as related to academic performance, clinical competence and gender
  11. Prediction of students' performances on licensing examinations using age, race, sex, undergraduate GPAs, and MCAT scores
  12. A validity study of the writing sample section of the Medical College Admission Test
  13. Validity of faculty ratings of students' clinical competence in core clerkships in relation to scores on licensing examinations and supervisors' ratings in residency
  14. The jefferson–Penn state B.S.–M.D. program: A 26-year experience