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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Achievement in Surgical Residency: Are Objective Measures of Performance Associated With Awards Received in Final Years of Training?

Conclusion: Many factors contribute to success during general surgery residency. Our study showed that higher USMLE and ABSITE scores were not associated with receiving top awards in final years of training at one institution over 15 years. (Source: Journal of Surgical Education) Read More

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A comparison of student performance on discipline-specific versus integrated exams in a medical school course

This study examined how a shift from discipline-focused instruction and assessment to integrated instruction and assessment affected student performance in a second-year medical school pathology course. We investigated this by comparing pathology exam scores between students exposed to traditional discipline-specific instruction and exams (DSE) versus integrated instruction and exams (IE). Exam content was controlled, and individual questions were evaluated using a modified version of Bloom's taxonomy. Additionally, we compared United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) step 1 scores between DSE and IE groups. Our findings indicate that DSE students performed better than IE students on complete pathology exams. However, when exam content was controlled, exam scores were equivalent... Read More

A comparison of student performance on discipline-specific versus integrated exams in a medical school course.

This study examined how a shift from discipline-focused instruction and assessment to integrated instruction and assessment affected student performance in a second-year medical school pathology course. We investigated this by comparing pathology exam scores between students exposed to traditional discipline-specific instruction and exams (DSE) versus integrated instruction and exams (IE). Exam content was controlled, and individual questions were evaluated using a modified version of Bloom's taxonomy. Additionally, we compared United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) step 1 scores between DSE and IE groups. Our findings indicate that DSE students performed better than IE students on complete pathology exams. However, when exam content was controlled, exam scores were equivalent... Read More

Monday, November 17, 2014

Perceptions and motivations of career selection in anesthesiology: Do medical students want what our specialty needs?

After twenty years of program directorship, I have interviewed nearly 3000 applicants for anesthesiology residency. The specifics of most of those interviews are not memorable, but I vividly recall one interview with a candidate whose application appeared excellent—straight A's, USMLE scores over 250, AOA membership, and strong research experience. The interview proved remarkable. When I asked this young man about why he wasn't interested in our categorical internship program, he replied "Frankly, it's too hard". When I inquired about what sort of training he would pursue if anesthesiology were not an option, he replied "plastic surgery". His explanation of why he had selected anesthesiology over plastic surgery was simple—anesthesiology had a "reasonable duration of tr... Read More

Implementation of Active Learning into the Pre-Clinical Neurology Undergraduate Medical Curriculum (P1.321)

ConclusionsActive learning replaced traditional lecture-based learning for our US medical school preclinical neurology course. This transition occurred without a decrease in student pass rate or USMLE Step I scores, and was met with positive reviews from medical students.Disclosure: Dr. Pula has nothing to disclose. Dr. Nixon has nothing to disclose. Dr. Aiyer has nothing to disclose. Dr. Kattah has received personal compensation for activities with Pfizer, Inc. as a consultant. (Source: Neurology)

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Positive impact of a master of science in applied anatomy program on USMLE Step 1 performance

In this retrospective study of medical student data from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, we examined the impact of the Master of Science in Applied Anatomy (MS) program on medical student performance on the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) Step 1 and Step 2. From 2002 to 2010, 1,142 students matriculated as either students in the medical curriculum (MD group; 1,087 students) or MD students who also participated in the MS program (MD/MS group; 55 students). In addition, students were grouped as in either the Western Reserve Curriculum (2002–2005; WR1) or the Western Reserve 2 Curriculum (2006–2010; WR2). Data were analyzed using SPSS statistical package. The mean Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) score of all students increased signific... Read More