Study of Internal Medicine Residents Quantifies Variables Associated With IM-CE Performance

ABIM News Release (04/09/20)

New research finds that the American College of Physicians (ACP) Internal Medicine In-Training Examination and the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination Steps 1, 2 Clinical Knowledge and 3 are strong predictors of performance on the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Internal Medicine Certifying Examination (IM-CE). Previous research determined that doctors who pass the IM-CE to gain board certification deliver better patient care in many areas than those who do not. The study authors say their findings could help educators identify students and residents who require additional support to address knowledge gaps, and to map their progress on subsequent evaluations in order to pass the IM-CE. The lead author, ABIM Senior Vice President for Academic and Medical Affairs Furman McDonald, MD, MPH, explains that the core finding is that "if residents have knowledge gaps early in their training, program directors ... can use these data to help the resident learn in the areas needed to exceed the predictions by addressing the knowledge gaps." The new findings are published in Academic Medicine.

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