Title

SP15: A 22-Minute MCQ to Assess Clinical and Underlying Science Knowledge in Geriatrics

Presentation Notes

Presented at 45th STFM Annual Spring Conference in Seattle, WA on April 26, 2012.

Abstract

Statement of Purpose/Problem: An extensive literature search failed to reveal any instrument that assess the underlying scientific knowledge needed by physicians to care for geriatric patients consistent with the ACGME’s medical knowledge competency.

Description: A multispecialty educator group developed/administered a 26- item, geriatric focused, multiple choice examination presented as 13 item pairs: (1) a patient vignette to assess clinical knowledge and (2) the science underlying the clinical condition (eg, impaired homeostasis).

Summary of Results: Twelve family medicine residents completed the examination: 58% correct (range 39%-73%) with no difference by clinical versus science items (P>.05). Overall exam reliability was .54.

Implications: A paired clinical and underlying science multiple choice examination provides a moderately reliability assessment of residents’ geriatric related medical knowledge of common clinical conditions.

Document Type

Poster