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ERIC Number: ED464147
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Pages: 10
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Student USMLE Step One Preparation and Performance.
Zhang, Chi
This study investigated factors associated with medical students performance on the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step One examination. The USMLE Step One emphasizes basic mechanisms and principles that are typically covered in the first 2 years of medical school. The study examined the relationship among student performance on Step One, academic achievement in medical school, and the preparation method for Step One. It also examined students perceptions of the efficacy of the medical school curriculum in preparing for Step One and compared preparation course participants and nonparticipants on their perceptions of preparedness for Step One. The study was conducted at the University of Miami School of Medicine, Florida, and all students who participated in a commercial preparation course took the Kaplan course. One hundred medical students (68% of the sample) responded to the survey, and of these, 32 students said they were preparation course participants. Student records were available for 135 students. Of the 143 class members, 97% passed Step One on the first try. Academic achievement was an important factor related to Step One performance. The commercial test preparation course was well received by the students, but student performance was not enhanced by participating in the Kaplan course. Students thought the curriculum had prepared them well for Step One, but those who participated in a commercial preparation course thought it had been valuable. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: United States Medical Licensing Examination