ERIC Number: ED344894
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: 0
Validity of NBME Parts I and II for the Selection of Residents: The Case of Orthopaedic Surgery.
Case, Susan M.
The predictive validity of scores on the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Part I and Part II examinations for the selection of residents in orthopaedic surgery was investigated. Use of NBME scores has been criticized because of the time lag between taking Part I and entering residency and because Part I content is not directly linked to knowledge and skills required in residency. NBME Part I scores were obtained for 481 of the 1,050 examinees who took the written component of the certification examination of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) in July 1988. Scores on Part II were available for 461 of these examinees. Statistically significant relationships were found between the ABOS examination and both NBME examinations. Part II of the NBME was a better predictor of ABOS performance than was Part I of the NBME. This study supports the belief that those who have done well on examinations continue to do well, possibly because of good test-taking skills. While the NBME examination should not be the sole determinant of acceptance in a residency program, the degree of correlation suggests that intelligent use of these scores provides an efficient and effective way to screen large numbers of applicants. One figure illustrates the relationship between failure on the ABOS and NBME scores. There is a 17-item list of references. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: National Board of Medical Examiners; Orthopedic Certification Examination; Orthopedics