Current Research in Progress by Members

We want to know what research work you currently are pursuing! Here is an example from the University of Arizona, Pediatrics and Medicine Residency Programs.

Title: Factors Correlated with Success in Graduate Medical Education

Investigators: Sean P. Elliott, MD (PI) and Tirdad Zangeneh (Co-PI)

Background: Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs collect education-related data for a multitude of purposes. The University of Arizona College of Medicine Departments of Pediatrics and Medicine regularly collect educational data to ensure appropriate educational attainment and certification as residents become fully trained physicians.  Residency programs across the nation increasingly rely on scores from national standardized exams (i.e., USMLE Step 1 and Step 2, NBME subject exams) to assist in the residency admission process. There is limited data demonstrating the validity of these exams as predictors of resident performance throughout their program. Overall, there does not appear to be consensus in the current research on how well certain residency application criteria (e.g., performance on nationally normed exams) used in the selection process actually predicts performance as a resident physician.

Purpose: The purpose of this research is to identify what educational data may be correlated with performance in the Departments of Pediatrics and Medicine GME programs in order to improve the residency application process. The specific research questions are listed below.

RQ1. Do nationally normed standardized exams (i.e., USMLE Step 1, 2, &3, NBME subject exams) correlate with measures (ACGME milestone based assessment) of resident physician clinical performance during residency?

RQ2. Do nationally normed standardized exams (i.e., USMLE Step 1, 2, &3, NBME subject exams) correlate with in-service exams during residency?

RQ3. Do other data gathered during the resident interview process correlate with measures of resident physician clinical performance (ACGME milestone based assessment)?

Methods: This research will use de-identified educational record data from the GME programs in the Departments of Pediatrics and Medicine. Such data already is collected as part of the educational and evaluative requirements of each educational program and, thus, qualifies for waiver of consent by the UA Human Subjects Committee. Data will be collected prospectively for three years, and will include data from five classes of residents. Thus some data will be retrospective and other data will be prospective. Data collected will include each resident’s USMLE Step I & II scores, ITE scores (collected prospectively or retrospectively), performance on the American Board of Pediatrics Exam, various demographics (type of medical education, age, gender-identity, race/ethnicity-identity, etc.), and evaluations by the Pediatrics Milestones (as collected and reported to the ACGME bi-annually.) On-going statistical analysis and interpretation will occur throughout the study period.

Status: Data collection and analysis ongoing.

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