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The impact of postgraduate training and timing on USMLE Step 3 performance.

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Source
Acad Med. 2003 Oct;78(10 Suppl):S10-2
Publication Type
Article
Date
Oct-2003
Author
Amy J Sawhill
Gerard F Dillon
Douglas R Ripkey
Richard E Hawkins
David B Swanson
Author Affiliation
National Board of Medical Examiners, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA. asawhill@nbme.org
Source
Acad Med. 2003 Oct;78(10 Suppl):S10-2
Date
Oct-2003
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Canada
Clinical Competence
Curriculum
Education, Medical, Undergraduate - organization & administration
Educational Measurement
Humans
Internship and Residency - organization & administration
Licensure, Medical
Regression Analysis
Time Factors
United States
Abstract
This study examined the extent to which differences in clinical experience, gained in postgraduate training programs, affect performance on Step 3 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).
Subjects in the study were 36,805 U.S. and Canadian medical school graduates who took USMLE Step 3 for the first time between November 1999 and December 2002. Regression analyses examined the relation between length and type of postgraduate training and Step 3 score after controlling for prior performance on previous USMLE examinations.
Results indicate that postgraduate training in programs that provide exposure to a broad range of patient problems, and continued training in such areas, improves performance on Step 3.
Study data reaffirm the validity of the USMLE Step 3 examination, and the information found in the pattern of results across specialties may be useful to residents and program directors.
PubMed ID
14557082 View in PubMed
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