ERIC Number: ED288454
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Medical School Performance as a Predictor of Resident Competence.
Yindra, Kathleen J.; And Others
The relationships between medical school academic achievement and first year residency performance were investigated for the 1983 and 1984 graduates of the Medical College of Wisconsin. The analyses were designed to control for suspected differential resident expectations among the directors of various medical specialties, and were replicated to determine the stability of the findings. Completed forms were returned for 64% (119) of the 1983 graduates and 74% (160) of the 1984 graduates. For both 1983 and 1984 graduates, correlations between medical school achievement measures and mean residency performance ratings were low, but significant, with the exception of 1983 Alpha Omega Alpha membership which was also low but insignificant. While the medical school performance of outstanding residents was better than that of below average residents, it was not possible to distinguish between outstanding and average residents, nor between average and below average residents on the basis of medical school course scores. The findings support the use of academic variables in the residency selection process. However, their use as a single factor or as a method of screening out applicants from further consideration was, at best, justified only in the case of extremely high or low medical school achievement measures. (Author/SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, DC, April 20-24, 1987).