Evaluation of students in medicine clerkships

Gregory J. Magarian, Dennis J. Mazur

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This article reports the results of a survey of the 124 medical schools in the United States and Puerto Rico, mailed in late 1986; the majority of the responses from 101 schools were received in early 1987. The authors report their findings concerning the overall process used by these schools to evaluate medicine clerks, specifically identifying the importance given to subjective evaluations, made by attending physicians and/or housestaff, compared with the importance given to clerks’ performances on objective means of evaluation based on written and/or oral examinations, whether national or faculty-devel-oped. The study reveals that the subjective evaluations of clerks by faculty attending physicians and by housestaff working with the clerks were used by 98 and 83 of the responding schools, respectively, and were given the greatest evaluative weight. Examinations of all types were used by 87 of the responding schools. The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Part II Medicine Examination was the most frequently used and heavily weighted examination, followed by written faculty examinations. Oral examinations were the least frequently used evaluative tools, carried the least weight, and were rarely used without another examination. In light of their findings, the authors maintain that further research should be done to clarify whether the NBME Part II Medicine Examination is an appropriate instrument to measure the knowledge acquired during clerkship experiences

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-345
Number of pages5
JournalAcademic Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1990

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