Joining the conversation: Predictors of success on the United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE)
The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether models based on pre-admission testing, including performance on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), performance on required courses in the medical school curriculum, or a combination of both could accurately predict performance of medical students on the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Steps 1 and 2. Models were produced using stepwise linear regression and feed forward neural networks. Notable accuracy in predicting Step 1 and Step 2 scores were achieved from models integrating pre-admission variables with medical school coursework grades. Of interest, the coursework grades contributed far greater to these models than the pre-admission variables except the MCAT.
Gohara, S., Shapiro, J. I., Jacob, A. N., Khuder, S. A., Gandy, R. A., Metting, P. J.,... Kleshinski, J.(2011). Joining the conversation: Predictors of success on the United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE). Learning Assistance Review, 16(1), 11-20.