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ERIC Number: EJ818229
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1087-0059
Use of Curricular and Extracurricular Assessments to Predict Performance on the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1: A Multi-Year Study
Gandy, Robyn A.; Herial, Nabeel A.; Khuder, Sadik A.; Metting, Patricia J.
Learning Assistance Review, v13 n2 p27-35 Fall 2008
This paper studies student performance predictions based on the United States Medical Licensure Exam (USMLE) Step 1. Subjects were second-year medical students from academic years of 2002 through 2006 (n = 711). Three measures of basic science knowledge (two curricular and one extracurricular) were evaluated as predictors of USMLE Step 1 scores. The USMLE Step 1 scores correlated with performance on Organ Systems (r = 0.76), Human Structure (r = 0.65), and CBSE (r = 0.69). Accounting for 59% of variance in the USMLE Step 1 scores, Organ Systems course was a better predictor compared 2 2 to Human Structure (R[superscript 2] = 42%), or CBSE (R[superscript 2] = 51%). Combined, the curricular and extracurricular courses accounted for nearly 70% of total variance in the Step 1 scores. The study concluded that curricular courses are good predictors of student performance on the USMLE Step 1, and their value as identifiers of students at risk for failure is promising. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio