Standardized video interviews do not correlate to United States medical licensing examination step 1 and step 2 scores

Daniel J. Egan, Abbas Husain, Michael C. Bond, William Caputo, Lukasz Cygan, Jeff Van Dermark, Jan M. Shoenberger, Ida Li, William Krauss, Jonathan Bronner, Melissa White, Arlene S. Chung, Kaushal H. Shah, Todd Taylor, Matthew Silver, Brahim Ardolic, Moshe Weizberg

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Abstract

Introduction: In 2017, the Standardized Video Interview (SVI) was required for applicants to emergency medicine (EM). The SVI contains six questions highlighting professionalism and interpersonal communication skills. The responses were scored (6-30). As it is a new metric, no information is available on correlation between SVI scores and other application data. This study was to determine if a correlation exists between applicants' United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) and SVI scores. We hypothesized that numeric USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) scores would not correlate with the SVI score, but that performance on the Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) portion may correlate with the SVI since both test communication skills. Methods: Nine EM residency sites participated in the study with data exported from an Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS ® ) report. All applicants with both SVI and USMLE scores were included. We studied the correlation between SVI scores and USMLE scores. Predetermined subgroup analysis was performed based on applicants' USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK scores as follows: (= 200, 201-220, 221-240, 241-260, >260). We used linear regression, the Kruskal-Wallis test and Mann-Whitney U test for statistical analyses. Results: 1,325 applicants had both Step 1 and SVI scores available, with no correlation between the overall scores (p=0.58) and no correlation between the scores across all Step 1 score ranges, (p=0.29). Both Step 2 CK and SVI scores were available for 1,275 applicants, with no correlation between the overall scores (p=0.56) and no correlation across all ranges, (p=0.10). The USMLE Step 2 CS and SVI scores were available for 1,000 applicants. Four applicants failed the CS test without any correlation to the SVI score (p=0.08). Conclusion: We found no correlation between the scores on any portion of the USMLE and the SVI; therefore, the SVI provides new information to application screeners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-91
Number of pages5
JournalWestern Journal of Emergency Medicine
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine

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