Optimizing physician skill development for medical students: The four-part assessment

Justin J J Watson, Phillip M Kemp Bohan, Katrina Ramsey, John D. Yonge, Christopher R. Connelly, Richard Mullins, Jennifer Watters, Martin Schreiber, Laszlo N. Kiraly

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    Background: Medical student performance has been poorly correlated with residency performance and warrants further investigation. We propose a novel surgical assessment tool to determine correlations with clinical aptitude. Methods: Retrospective review of medical student assessments from 2013 to 2015. Faculty rating of student performance was evaluated by: 1) case presentation, 2) problem definition, 3) question response and 4) use of literature and correlated to final exam assessment. A Likert scale interrater reliability was evaluated. Results: Sixty student presentations were scored (4.8 assessors/presentation). A student's case presentation, problem definition, and question response was correlated with performance (r = 0.49 to 0.61, p ≤ 0.003). Moderate correlations for either question response or use of literature was demonstrated (0.3 and 0.26, p < 0.05). Conclusion: Our four-part assessment tool identified correlations with course and examination grades for medical students. As surgical education evolves, validated performance and reliable testing measures are required.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    JournalAmerican Journal of Surgery
    StateAccepted/In press - Dec 19 2016


    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Surgery

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