Global benchmarking of medical student learning outcomes? Implementation and pilot results of the International Foundations of Medicine Clinical Sciences Exam at The University of Queensland, Australia

Wilkinson, David, Schafer, Jennifer, Hewett, David, Eley, Diann and Swanson, Dave (2014) Global benchmarking of medical student learning outcomes? Implementation and pilot results of the International Foundations of Medicine Clinical Sciences Exam at The University of Queensland, Australia. Medical Teacher, 36 1: 62-67. doi:10.3109/0142159X.2013.849331


Author Wilkinson, David
Schafer, Jennifer
Hewett, David
Eley, Diann
Swanson, Dave
Title Global benchmarking of medical student learning outcomes? Implementation and pilot results of the International Foundations of Medicine Clinical Sciences Exam at The University of Queensland, Australia
Journal name Medical Teacher   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0142-159X
1466-187X
Publication date 2014-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/0142159X.2013.849331
Volume 36
Issue 1
Start page 62
End page 67
Total pages 6
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: To report pilot results for international benchmarking of learning outcomes among 426 final year medical students at the University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.

Methods: Students took the International Foundations of Medicine (IFOM) Clinical Sciences Exam (CSE) developed by the National Board of Medical Examiners, USA, as a required formative assessment. IFOM CSE comprises 160 multiple-choice questions in medicine, surgery, obstetrics, paediatrics and mental health, taken over 4.5 hours.

Outcomes: Significant implementation issues; IFOM scores and benchmarking with International Comparison Group (ICG) scores and United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) scores; and correlation with UQ medical degree cumulative grade point average (GPA).

Results: Implementation as an online exam, under university-mandated conditions was successful. Mean IFOM score was 531.3 (maximum 779-minimum 200). The UQ cohort performed better (31% scored below 500) than the ICG (55% below 500). However 49% of the UQ cohort did not meet the USMLE Step 2 CK minimum score. Correlation between IFOM scores and UQ cumulative GPA was reasonable at 0.552 (p < 0.001).

Conclusions: International benchmarking is feasible and provides a variety of useful benchmarking opportunities.
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Authors prepub title: "Global benchmarking of Australian medical student learning outcomes: Implementation and pilot results of the International Foundations of Medicine Clinical Sciences Exam at The University of Queensland".

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