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Influence of clerkship sites on National Board of Medical Examiners surgery subject examination performance. Am J Surg 2015 Aug;210(2):396-400



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2-s2.0-84931576322   2 Citations


BACKGROUND: As one measure of comparability of student experiences on a 2-month surgery clerkship, scores on the National Board of Medical Examiners Surgery Subject Examination (NSSE) were evaluated against a number of variables.

METHODS: NSSE scores for 701 students completing the surgery clerkship over 3.5 years were analyzed. Students rotated at academic, VA, and community hospitals with 1 month of general surgery paired with 1 month of a surgical subspecialty. The effect of 15 rotation site pairings on NSSE performance was analyzed by analysis of variance. The relationship of site-specific student evaluation variables and NSSE scores was examined by stepwise multivariate linear regression.

RESULTS: No statistical differences were demonstrated between NSSE scores and site-specific parameters of duty hours, resident participation, or type of hospital, nor between NSSE scores and paired sites constituting the overall clerkship experience.

CONCLUSION: Performance on the NSSE was not impacted by any assigned paired sites, supporting comparability of overall clerkship experiences.

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Rentea RM, Lewis BD, Leisten AJ, Treat R, Redlich PN


Brian D. Lewis MD Professor in the Surgery department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Philip N. Redlich MD, PhD Professor in the Surgery department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Robert W. Treat PhD Associate Professor in the Academic Affairs department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Clinical Clerkship
Clinical Competence
Coroners and Medical Examiners
Specialties, Surgical
Specialty Boards
United States