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Submitted: 09 June 2007 Modified: 18 January 2019
HERDIN Record #: PCHRD060807010637

An analytic study on selected predictors of successful medical board examination.

Joseph Antonio D. Molina,
Clara S. Tolentino,
Grace H. Engelan-Brizuela,
Ma Virginia S. Florentin,
Georgina T. Paredes

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The assessment of knowledge gained by medical students has always been through written examination. Ultimately, a Medical graduate must successfully pass the Physician Licensure Examination for him to either pursue further residency training or embark on the practice of general medicine. Having this much impact on one's career, it is imperative that this examination reliably measure the amount of knowledge one has accumulated in his medical schooling. If it does, a fair amount of agreement between one's past academic performance and board examination performance can be expected.

OBJECTIVE: To determine if certain personal and academic predictors are related to one's performance in the board examination. Specifically, to determine the amount of influence each of these predictors exerts in one's examination result.

METHODS: Records-based, historical cohort study design was used. Students of UERMMMC who graduated on April 2001 (traditional method of teaching) and April 2002 (PEL Strategy) and took the Board Examination for the first time on August 2002 and 2003, respectively, were included as subjects.

RESULTS: 131 of the 192 (68.23 percent) passed the exam in 2002, while 124 of the 176 (70.45 percent) passed the 2003 exam. Using Stepwise Multiple Regression technique, the identified predictors for successful board examination, in 2002 were General Weighted Average (GWA), Sex, and Age with multiple R of. 761. For the 2003 exam, significant predictors were Weighted Average in the Clinical Science subjects, National Medical Admission Test score, and GWA with multiple R of. 780.

CONCLUSION: Except for GWA, the identified predictors for successful examination were different for the two teaching strategies. Both equations account for almost 60 percent of a student's actual board rating implying that a large 40 percent was due to factors other than those studied. Probable reasons for the identified predictors were discussed as well as its implications in medical education.

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Journal Article, Original
UERMMMC (University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center) Journal of Health Sciences
Publication Date
May-August 2004
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