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Acad Psychiatry. 2006 Jul-Aug;30(4):356-9.

Inter-site consistency at a multi-site psychiatry clerkship.

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Department of Psychiatry, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Oklahoma City, OK 73190, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study examines the effects of clinical site assignment within a multiple-site psychiatry clerkship program on the convergent outcome of the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) subject examination.

METHOD:

NBME scores, controlled for baseline pre-clerkship knowledge base as measured by second year human behavior scores, were compared for inpatient and outpatient clinical clerkship sites.

RESULTS:

No effect of clinical site assignment on NBME scores was demonstrated, suggesting that inter-site consistency occurred for the performance outcomes measured.

CONCLUSIONS:

Similar assessments can help other clerkship directors monitor clinical sites for quality of their educational programs, which is increasingly important as medical schools expand their clinical sites to community-based programs.

PMID:
16908616
DOI:
10.1176/appi.ap.30.4.356
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