Joseph J. Nidiry, MD
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Nidiry JJ. The In-Training Examination in Internal Medicine. Ann Intern Med. 2003;138:1009-1010. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-138-12-200306170-00026
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2003;138(12):1009-1010.
TO THE EDITOR:
I was somewhat surprised by the conclusion reached by Garibaldi and colleagues (1) about why international medical graduates perform better than U.S. graduates on the IM-ITE. The authors stated, “Improvement in performance occurred almost exclusively in international graduates; in particular, it occurred in residents for whom English was not their native language.” They went on to conclude that international medical graduates did better on the examination because they got more time to complete it. Because international medical graduates were unfamiliar with the English language, the additional time allowed them to perform better at the end of the examination and thus score better.
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