ERIC Number: ED370990
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
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The Growth Patterns of General Medical Achievement.
This longitudinal study investigates the growth of medical achievement as a multilevel process and emphasizes the structure of the growth. Subjects were students in all 15 U.S. osteopathic medical schools, a total of 1,060 (78 percent of the 1987 osteopathic cohort). Students took appropriate portions of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners' 3-part series of examinations in 1989, 1991, and 1992. Results indicate a substantial overall gain in medical achievement, with an achievement increase of 18 percent over the 3 years. Results also provide empirical evidence of discontinuity among the preclinical, clinical, and residency phases of medical education. Some of the schools had statistically zero, or negative growth, but there were substantial positive gains during clinical education for students in other schools. Institutional differences have sustained effects on student achievement growth both during and after medical school. An appendix discusses hierarchical linear modeling of the growth in general medical knowledge. One table and four figures present study data. (Contains 7 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).