Robin Dibner, MD; Julia Andrieni, MD; Lawrence Smith, MD
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Dibner R., Andrieni J., Smith L.; The In-Training Examination in Internal Medicine. Ann Intern Med. 2003;138:1010. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-138-12-200306170-00027
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2003;138(12):1010.
TO THE EDITOR:
We read with interest that international medical graduates now consistently outperform U.S. medical graduates on the IM-ITE (1). We propose that the difference in scores may reflect residency program directors' use of U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) scores when selecting international medical graduates. In the past decade, program directors have increasingly relied on USMLE scores for recruiting residents. The Residency Review Committee for Internal Medicine of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education continues to increase the board pass rate on the American Board of Internal Medicine Certifying Examination that is required for program accreditation, and USMLE scores, like IM-ITE results, are believed to predict passage (2, 3). The Electronic Residency Application Service has made it easy to screen applicants by using USMLE scores and numbers of attempts.
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