jtse106

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hi guys,

had a lunch lecture today by a pediatrician and he mentioned a JAMA article that was published in the 70's that showed a inverse relationship between high board scores/medical school grades and perceived physician competence/production (ie. high grades =/= high physician competence).

i'm trying to look for it but i can't find it. does anyone know the author/exact title or could help me find it?

thanks :)
 

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I'd suggest asking your lecturer. If they're quoting it, they should be able to give you enough info to find the original article. Maybe he/she was referencing these?

Gough. Some predictive implications of premedical scientific competence and preferences. J Med Educ (1978) vol. 53 (4) pp. 291-300

Willoughby et al. Correlates of clinical performance during medical school. J Med Educ (1979) vol. 54 (6) pp. 453-60
 
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I've never heard that. But, I read an article that showed patients perceived their physicians as more knowledgeable if they were:

1) older
2) bald (i'm assuming this only applies to guys)
 

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hi guys,

had a lunch lecture today by a pediatrician and he mentioned a JAMA article that was published in the 70's that showed a inverse relationship between high board scores/medical school grades and perceived physician competence/production (ie. high grades =/= high physician competence).

i'm trying to look for it but i can't find it. does anyone know the author/exact title or could help me find it?

thanks :)
Were the boards even scored on a non-pass/fail basis in the 70's?

so much has changed since then including testing and the patient population, I doubt that article would be generalizable to today.