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      Predictive value of grade point average (GPA), Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), internal examinations (Block) and National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) scores on Medical Council of Canada qualifying examination part I (MCCQE-1) scores

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          Abstract

          Background

          To determine whether the pre-medical Grade Point Average (GPA), Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), Internal examinations (Block) and National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) scores are correlated with and predict the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part I (MCCQE-1) scores.

          Methods

          Data from 392 admitted students in the graduating classes of 2010–2013 at University of Manitoba (UofM), College of Medicine was considered. Pearson’s correlation to assess the strength of the relationship, multiple linear regression to estimate MCCQE-1 score and stepwise linear regression to investigate the amount of variance were employed.

          Results

          Complete data from 367 (94%) students were studied. The MCCQE-1 had a moderate-to-large positive correlation with NBME scores and Block scores but a low correlation with GPA and MCAT scores. The multiple linear regression model gives a good estimate of the MCCQE-1 (R2 =0.604). Stepwise regression analysis demonstrated that 59.2% of the variation in the MCCQE-1 was accounted for by the NBME, but only 1.9% by the Block exams, and negligible variation came from the GPA and the MCAT.

          Conclusions

          Amongst all the examinations used at UofM, the NBME is most closely correlated with MCCQE-1.

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                Affiliations
                [1 ]Department of Community Health Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Manitoba
                [2 ]Division of Undergraduate Medical Education, College of Medicine, University of Manitoba
                [3 ]Department of Pathology, College of Medicine, University of Manitoba
                Author notes
                Correspondence: Dr. Banibrata Roy, Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, 333- 750 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, MB-R3E 0T5; Email: Banibrata.Roy@ 123456umanitoba.ca
                Journal
                Can Med Educ J
                Can Med Educ J
                Canadian Medical Education Journal
                University of Calgary, Health Sciences Centre
                1923-1202
                2016
                31 March 2016
                : 7
                : 1
                : e47-e56
                cmej0747
                4830373
                27103953
                © 2016 Roy, Ripstein, Perry, Cohen; licensee Synergies Partners

                This is an Open Journal Systems article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0) which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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