Conference attendance and performance on the In-Training Examination in Internal Medicine

Suzanne Caccamese, Kathryn J. Eubank, Randy S. Hebert, Scott Wright

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The objective of this study was to describe the relationship between attendance at conferences during residency training and residents' performance on the In-Training Examination (ITE) in Internal Medicine. Nineteen house officers participated in the study. Conference attendance records were retrospectively reviewed for the one-year period preceding the ITE (pre-ITE), and in the three-month period after house officers received their ITE scores (post-ITE). After receiving their scores, participants completed a questionnaire asking about study habits and opinions about conferences. Attendance was taken at 126/165 (76.4%) conferences pre-ITE and 32/42 (76.2%) conferences post-ITE. House officers attended a mean of 35% (range, 10-59) of the conferences pre-ITE and 32% (range, 9-75) post-ITE (p = 0.365). There was no correlation between prior conference attendance and ITE scores (Spearman correlation coefficient -0.230 p = 0.34), and no correlation between score and conference attendance post-ITE (Spearman correlation coefficient 0.174, p = 0.48). Participation in clinical rotations also failed to influence ITE scores in that content area (all p > 0.05). The findings of this study suggest conference attendance does not influence ITE scores. Medical educators may need to rethink and study how best to impart medical knowledge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)640-644
Number of pages5
JournalMedical Teacher
Volume26
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2004

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Conference attendance and performance on the In-Training Examination in Internal Medicine. / Caccamese, Suzanne; Eubank, Kathryn J.; Hebert, Randy S.; Wright, Scott.

In: Medical Teacher, Vol. 26, No. 7, 11.2004, p. 640-644.

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Caccamese, Suzanne ; Eubank, Kathryn J. ; Hebert, Randy S. ; Wright, Scott. / Conference attendance and performance on the In-Training Examination in Internal Medicine. In: Medical Teacher. 2004 ; Vol. 26, No. 7. pp. 640-644.
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