Ratings of Residents' Clinical Competence and Performance on Certification Examination - American Board of Medical Specialties

The study described in this article provides evidence to support the validity of board certification examination scores. Once residents apply to take internal medicine certification exam, residency program directors submit evaluations of their competence and its various components to the ABIM. These ratings were compared with performance on the Board certification examination. Study findings indicate that program director ratings and examination scores rank residents similarly. While the ratings of the individual components of clinical competence and ratings of general competence moderately correlated with examination performance, individual components correlated very highly with each other. Components that were less dependent on medical knowledge showed weaker correlation with examination performance.

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