WSUSOM Curriculum Evaluation: Analysis Using NBME Examinations. Program Evaluation Studies, Report No. 8

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This report presents a method for analyzing curriculum using the examinations of the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). The method provides a system by which the NBME examinations can be used each year to compare the content of an external licensing test with the content of the curriculum at the Wright State University School of Medicine (WSUSOM). The NBME test items were classified by faculty content experts on four dimensions: school-wide topics, discipline topics, cognitive levels, and item types. Then, the percent of WSUSOM students and percent of national sample answering the item correctly were recorded. The analysis allows comparison of the performance of WSUSOM student and the national sample on each school-wide or discipline topic. The Faculty Curriculum Committee is the most interested user of data related to school-wide topics, while the individual department is the most appropriate audience for the discipline topic information. Curriculum decision-makers should take special caution in examining the results for a single year's administration, since test content varies from year to year. (Author/BW)