ERIC Number: ED164572
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Medical School and Physician Performance: Predicting Scores On The American Board of Internal Medicine Written Examination.
Bell, Robert M.
Scores from the American Board of Internal Medicine certification examination (ABIM) were analyzed to relate the quality of physician performance (best indicated by ABIM scores) to early factors in the physician's training. Data were obtained on 438 1955, 1960, 1965, and 1969 graduates of nine unnamed medical schools. Regression analyses were performed to determine the importance of various stages of the training period on the ABIM score. Significant differences were found between the nine schools; a substantial amount of this difference was due to the quality of students admitted. Preadmission variables, however, accounted for less than 14% of the variance in ABIM scores. Medical school class rank accounted for 22%, and National Board scores--taken in the junior or senior year of medical school were even better predictors. Much more of the separation in scores was attributable to the medical school period than to preadmission variables. No significant relationship was found between ABIM scores and postgraduate training. It was found, however, that graduates taking the examination as soon as possible after eligibility performed better than those who waited. The measurement error, 11 to 25% of the total variance, was fairly small considering the homogeneity of the sample. (Author/GDC)
Descriptors: Graduate Medical Education, Graduate Medical Students, Higher Education, Medical Schools, Occupational Tests, Performance Factors, Physicians, Predictor Variables, Success
Rand Corporation, 1700 Main Street, Santa Monica, California 90406
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Resources Administration (DHEW/PHS), Bethesda, MD. Div. of Medicine.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.