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Acad Med. 2003 Oct;78(10 Suppl):S27-9.

An examination of the relationship between clinical skills examination performance and performance on USMLE Step 2.

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NBME, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA. emuller@nbme.org

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To examine the relationship between performance on a large-scale clinical skills examination (CSE) and a high-stakes multiple-choice examination.

METHOD:

Two samples were used: (1) 6,372 first-taker international medical graduates (IMGs); and (2) 858 fourth-year U.S. medical students. Ninety-seven percent of IMGs and 70% of U.S. students had completed Step 2. Correlations were calculated, scatter plots produced, and regression lines estimated.

RESULTS:

Correlations between CSE and Step 2 ranged from .16 to .38. The observed relationship between scores confirms that CSE score information is not redundant with MCQ score information. This result was consistent across samples.

CONCLUSIONS:

Results suggest that the CSE assesses proficiencies distinct from those assessed by current USMLE components and therefore provides evidence justifying its inclusion in the medical licensure process.

PMID:
14557087
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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