The National Emergency Medicine Fourth-year Student (M4) Examinations: Updates and Performance.

Title

The National Emergency Medicine Fourth-year Student (M4) Examinations: Updates and Performance.

Creator

Heitz Corey R; Lawson Luan; Beeson Michael; Miller Emily S

Publisher

The Journal of emergency medicine

Date

2016
2016-01

Description

BACKGROUND: Version 1 (V1) of the National Emergency Medicine Fourth-year Student (EM M4) Examination was released in 2011 and revised along with release of V2 in 2012. Each examination contains 50 multiple-choice questions designed to assess knowledge in the EM M4 clerkship curriculum. Development and initial performance data were described previously. OBJECTIVE: To provide updated V1 performance data, describe development and revision of V2, and to compare performance between academic years and examination forms, and within academic years. METHODS: Examinations are administered at www.saemtests.org with ongoing performance data provided. After 1 year of use, nine questions on V2 were revised, five because of low discriminatory ability and four because of excessive difficulty. Revision or replacement was done in accordance with the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Item Writing Guidelines. Mean scores were compared for V1 between academic years (i.e., July 2011-June 2012 vs. July 2012-June 2013), V2 compared with V1, and for each examination version for early and late test takers. RESULTS: V1 has been administered \textgreater10,000 times since its release, and the current form mean is 81.5% (SD 3.7). Average discriminatory value (rpb) is 0.204. V2 has been administered \textgreater1500 times, with a mean score of 78.4% (SD 4.4) and average rpb 0.253. V1 and V2 current means differ statistically. Scores from examinees completing V1 or V2 early vs. late in the academic year differ statistically. CONCLUSIONS: Performance data for V1 remain stable after 2 years. Revisions of poorly performing questions improved question performance on V2. Questions with low rpb or low pdiff will continue to be revised annually. While examination forms differ statistically, the practical utility of the differences is not defined.

Subject

*Education; assessment; CDEM; Clinical Clerkship; Clinical Competence; Education; Educational Measurement; Educational Measurement/*methods; Emergency Medicine – Education; Emergency Medicine/*education; examination; Humans; Medical; medical student; Undergraduate

Rights

Article information provided for research and reference use only. All rights are retained by the journal listed under publisher and/or the creator(s).

Pages

128–134

Issue

1

Volume

50

Citation

Heitz Corey R; Lawson Luan; Beeson Michael; Miller Emily S, “The National Emergency Medicine Fourth-year Student (M4) Examinations: Updates and Performance.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed May 22, 2022, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/3649.

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