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Am J Surg. 2004 Jul;188(1):9-12.

Meeting the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education competencies using established residency training program assessment tools.

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  • 1Department of Surgery, Medical College of Wisconsin, 9200 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53226, USA. kbrasel@mcw.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Most existing residency evaluation tools were constructed to evaluate the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) competencies.

METHODS:

Before ACGME's six competency based assessment requirements for resident performance were developed, we created a residency evaluation tool with 5 domains important to successful surgical resident performance. Reliability was determined after 6 months of use. Factor analysis assessed whether the evaluation tool was a construct-valid measure of the ACGME competencies.

RESULTS:

Three hundred forty-three evaluations for 36 surgical residents were tested. The original evaluation tool was highly reliable with an overall reliability of 0.97. Factor analysis defined 4 new combinations of questions analogous to 4 of the ACGME competencies: professionalism (reliability 0.95), patient care (reliability 0.93), medical knowledge (reliability 0.92), and communication (reliability 0.92). The new competency clusters were correlated with each other to a moderate degree.

CONCLUSIONS:

Our locally developed tool demonstrated high reliability and construct validity for 4 of 6 ACGME competencies. The correlation between factors suggests overlap between competencies.

PMID:
15219477
DOI:
10.1016/j.amjsurg.2003.11.036
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