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Does the medical college admission test predict clinical reasoning skills? A longitudinal study employing the Medical Council of Canada clinical reasoning examination.
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PMID:  16199449     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: To investigate the predictive validity of the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) for clinical reasoning skills upon completion of medical school. METHOD: A total of 597 students (295 males, 49.4%; 302 females, 50.6%) participated from 1991 to 1999. Stepwise multiple regressions of the MCAT and premedical school GPA (independent variables) on the Part 1(declarative knowledge) and Part 2 (clinical reasoning) of the Medical Council of Canada Examinations (dependent variables) were employed. RESULTS: For Part 1, the multiple regression revealed that three predictors (verbal reasoning, biological sciences, GPA) accounted for 23.3% of the variance, and for Part 2, two predictors (verbal reasoning, GPA) accounted for 11.2%. CONCLUSION: There is both convergent and divergent evidence for the predictive validity of the MCAT for clinical reasoning.
Claudio Violato; Tyrone Donnon
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges     Volume:  80     ISSN:  1040-2446     ISO Abbreviation:  Acad Med     Publication Date:  2005 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-10-03     Completed Date:  2005-12-21     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8904605     Medline TA:  Acad Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  S14-6     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Medical Education and Research Unit, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Health Sciences, 3330 Hospital Drive NW, University of Calgary, Calgary Alberta, Canada T2N 4N1.
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MeSH Terms
Clinical Competence*
College Admission Test*
Longitudinal Studies
Problem Solving*
Regression Analysis
School Admission Criteria
Schools, Medical*
United States

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