My point is (and others have cited this thousands of times on these threads) is that of all the specialties, clinical performance in psychiatry is least likely to be predicted by board scores.
That makes sense. I hear the same from emergency medicine and surgery. I can see how performance in some fields aren't well predicted by board scores.
I can see how board scores are poor predictors, just not that low/mediocre board scores are indicative of good performance and high board scores are indicative of poor performance.
Add into the mix that higher board scores likely equal more obsessive studying to the detriment of other activities/interests, and I'd even go so far as to say that there's probably an inverted U-shaped curve in play when you plot board scores against later cliinical performance.
Interesting. From what I've seen, most of the high board scores folks are pretty well adjusted, social types that are the most active in outside hobbies and student government. Some of the low board score folks are too busy sucking marrow out of life's bones, but for most it seems to either be a matter of ability or poor study habits.
The big bump in the middle has a few great minds that would rather spend time on activities and life instead of studying for a standardized test, but most seem to be folks who work their tail off on the test and just hit their ceiling.
Is it a regional thing? I've heard this stereotype a few tims of the top of the pack somehow being socially ill-equiped bookworms that don't explore the rest of life, whereas I've found more of those at the bottom of the deck. Most of the folks I've heard the stereotype from seem to be from midwest or backeast. I'm wondering if it's regional.
Or maybe it's type of school. I'm in a pretty mid-tier med school. Maybe this type of thing is more common at the top 20 schools or bottom 20 schools.
BTW, the stereotype I was going for wasn't that folks in derm/ophtho/ortho lack social skills, rather that they're in it for the money (and that REALLY makes for a bad psychiatrist).
Ah, I read your comment differently. This makes more sense to me now. I can see how a field like psychiatry, that depends so much on diligence and empathy, would be a bad fit for a clock puncher.