Association of Third-Year Medical Students’ First Clerkship With Overall Clerkship Performance and Examination Scores.

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Association of Third-Year Medical Students' First Clerkship With Overall Clerkship Performance and Examination Scores.

JAMA. 2010 Sep 15;304(11):1220-1226

Authors: Kies SM, Roth V, Rowland M

CONTEXT: Anecdotal experience has suggested that third-year medical students whose first clerkship is internal medicine may have superior performance throughout the academic year. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether the order of clerkships by specialty is associated with student performance. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: Clerkship performance records of medical students at all 4 campuses of the University of Illinois College of Medicine who completed their third-year core clerkships from July 2000 through June 2008 (N = 2236) were reviewed. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Analysis of covariance was used to test for between-group differences (by first clerkship) in mean National Board of Medical Examiners subject examination scores (range, 0-100), preceptor ratings of clerkship clinical performances (range, 12-30), total overall clerkship grades (range, 12-30), and United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 2 scores, adjusted for sex, campus, and USMLE Step 1 score. RESULTS: First clerkship specialty was significantly associated with mean subject examination scores (family medicine, 71.96 [95% confidence interval {CI}, 70.90-72.98], internal medicine, 73.86 [95% CI, 73.33-74.39], obstetrics/gynecology, 72.36 [95% CI, 71.64-73.04], pediatrics, 73.11 [95% CI, 72.38-73.84], psychiatry, 72.17 [95% CI, 71.52-72.81], surgery, 72.37 [95% CI, 71.73-73.02]; P < .001) and overall clerkship grades (family medicine, 24.20 [95% CI, 23.90-24.90], internal medicine, 25.33 [95% CI, 25.07-25.60], obstetrics/gynecology, 24.68 [95% CI, 24.32-25.05], pediatrics, 24.92 [95% CI, 24.59-25.27], psychiatry, 24.61 [95% CI, 24.33-25.01], surgery 24.97 [95% CI, 24.64-25.30]; P = .01). There was no significant association with preceptor ratings or USMLE Step 2 scores. Pairwise comparisons for mean total overall clerkship grades showed a significant difference for students taking internal medicine first compared with obstetrics/gynecology (mean difference, 0.65; 95% CI, 0.18-1.12), psychiatry (mean difference, 0.66; 95% CI, 0.20-1.12), and family medicine (mean difference, 0.93; 95% CI, 0.37-1.50). CONCLUSION: Among students at 4 campuses of a US medical school, clerkship order was significantly associated with performance on clerkship subject examinations and overall grades but not with clerkship clinical performance or USMLE Step 2 scores.

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