Surgical clerkship: Do examination scores correlate with clinical performance?

Rebecca A. Saberi, Joshua P. Kronenfeld, Vanessa W. Hui, Chad M. Thorson, Steven E. Rodgers, Laurence R. Sands

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Abstract

Background: This study aims to determine if there are correlations between clinical performance and objective grading parameters for medical students in the third-year surgery clerkship. Methods: Clerkship grades were compiled from 2016 to 2020. Performance on clinical rotations, NBME shelf exam, oral exam, and weekly quizzes were reviewed. Students were divided into quartiles (Q1-Q4) based on clinical performance. Standard statistical analysis was performed. Results: There were 625 students included in the study. Students in Q1+Q2 were more likely than those in Q3+Q4 to score in the top quartile on the shelf exam (29% vs. 19%, p = 0.002), oral exam (24% vs. 17%, p = 0.032), and quizzes (22% vs. 15%, p = 0.024). However, there was negligible correlation between clinical performance and performance on objective measures: shelf exam (R2 = 0.027, p < 0.001), oral exam (R2 = 0.021, p < 0.001), and weekly quizzes (R2 = 0.053, p = 0.092). Conclusions: Clinical performance does not correlate with objective grading parameters for medical students in the third-year surgery clerkship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican journal of surgery
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • Clinical performance
  • Medical student
  • NBME shelf
  • Surgery clerkship
  • Surgical education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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