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Acad Psychiatry. 2012 May 1;36(3):226-8. doi: 10.1176/appi.ap.10120166.

The effect of an end-of-clerkship review session on NBME psychiatry subject exam scores.

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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, IL, USA. shawnsidhu@yahoo.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The NBME Psychiatry Subject Examination (PSE) is used throughout North America to test MS-III end-of-clerkship knowledge; yet, literature on PSE preparatory methods remains sparse. This study assesses the effect of a curriculum intervention on NBME PSE scores.

METHOD:

An optional 1.5-hour review session and accompanying fill-in-the-blank handout was offered to 62 MS-III students 3 days before their exam. Students who did not attend the session were e-mailed the handout with completed answers. The primary outcome measure was a change in scores, with students in the previous year serving as the control group.

RESULTS:

The average raw PSE score of students offered the review session was 84.53, versus 77.15 for matched controls (p <0.0001). The effect size for the intervention was 0.89.

CONCLUSION:

This study may suggest that offering a comprehensive review session to third-year medical students 3 days before their NBME PSE significantly improves their scores.

PMID:
22751827
DOI:
10.1176/appi.ap.10120166
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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