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How does a comprehensive clinical performance examination relate to ratings on the medical school student performance evaluation?

Teaching and Learning in Medicine 23(1):12 (2011) PMID 21240776

U.S. medical schools have long used the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) to represent overall student performance while comprehensive clinical performance exams (CPX) are beginning to emerge as a new standard for determining student competence. This study describes the association between the MSPE and CPX in their independent measures of student competence. We examined the relationship between CPX scores and student MSPE rating at our institution, which was completed independently of the CPX. Students with higher CPX scores had better MSPE rating, but the associations are small ranging from rs=.13 for history-taking skills to rs=.31 for interpersonal skills. CPX results are not strongly related to MSPE rating and, thus, they may provide information on clinical competencies that should be included in the MSPE.

DOI: 10.1080/10401334.2011.536752