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ERIC Number: EJ944005
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1042-9670
Grading Medical Students in a Psychiatry Clerkship: Correlation with the NBME Subject Examination Scores and Its Implications
Ramchandani, Dilip
Academic Psychiatry, v35 n5 p322-324 Sep-Oct 2011
Background/Objective: The author analyzed and compared various assessment methods for assessment of medical students; these methods included clinical assessment and the standardized National Board of Medical Education (NBME) subject examination. Method: Students were evaluated on their 6-week clerkship in psychiatry by both their clinical supervisors and the NBME exam. Results on clinical parameters and the standardized test were analyzed by correlation measures. Results: The total clinical grade did not correlate with the shelf-examination (NBME) scores. Knowledge-base scores correlated weakly with NBME examination scores. The shelf-examination scores showed a stronger correlation with the interpersonal component of the clinical grade than with the faculty assessment of the students' medical knowledge, history-taking skills, or clinical skills. Conclusion: Grades received by the students in clinical reasoning and data-synthesis, history-taking skills, and the total clinical grade, did not predict students' standardized examination score. Surprisingly, students with stronger interpersonal attributes performed better on the shelf-examination.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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