CHARLES F. SCHUMACHER, Ph.D.
The validity of the Written Examination of the American Board of Internal Medicine was investigated by comparing the test performance of first- and third-year residents in internal medicine. These criterion groups were matched by graduate training programs and types of internship served. Statistically significant differences in favor of the third-year trainees were found for each section of the test and for the test as a whole, indicating that the examination is a valid measure of achievement at the graduate level. Differences between criterion groups on the various sections of the test suggest that the physician's ability to gather clinical data is relatively well developed when he enters residency training and improves at a slower rate during graduate training than do the knowledge and skills necessary to solve difficult diagnostic problems and to prescribe appropriate treatment for the kinds of illnesses with which the specialist in internal medicine is expected to deal.
SCHUMACHER CF. Validation of the American Board of Internal Medicine Written Examination: A Study of the Examination as a Measure of Achievement in Graduate Medical Education. Ann Intern Med. ;78:131–135. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-78-1-131
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;78(1):131-135.
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