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New testing program improves scores, knowledge retention for third-year internal medicine residents
Date:10/11/2011

CINCINNATIAn analysis by University of Cincinnati (UC) faculty members shows that a multiple-choice testing program coupled with a novel year-long clinical experience helps internal medicine residents improve their scores on the Internal Medicine In-Training Exam (IM-ITE).

These findings, published in the advance online edition of the Journal of General Internal Medicine scheduled for print in November, validate the benefit of this and similar programs in improving internal medicine resident education at UC and possibly at other institutions. This may lead to a higher certification rate for new internal medicine physicians and better clinical care for patients.

"The IM-ITE, given annually in October, is a validated examination that assesses internal medicine resident knowledge acquisition during training," says Bradley Mathis, MD, associate professor in the division of general internal medicine, UC Health primary care physician and lead investigator on the study. "Many programs use the IM-ITE to counsel residents, to create individual remediation plans for residents and to make fundamental programmatic and curricular modifications."

Mathis and colleagues in the department designed a rotation-specific multiple-choice testing program and a separate board review testing program administered during 12 months of ambulatory and inpatient care elective experience with the intent of improving residents' knowledge.

"The purpose of this study was to determine the association between these educational interventions and IM-ITE percentile scores in third post-graduate year categorical residents who were exposed to the educational program," he says.

Faculty in the division of general internal medicine developed this program, which involved administering pre- and post-rotation multiple-choice tests during the long-block (12 consecutive months of residency from November of Year 2 to October of Year 3 consisting of ambulat
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Contact: Katie Pence
katie.pence@uc.edu
513-558-4561
University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
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