Psychiatry Residency Directors’ Attitudes Toward and Uses of the Medical Student Performance Evaluation and Other Potential Tools for Residency Selection

Rachel A. Russo, Usman Hameed, Yasin Ibrahim, Aditya Joshi, Anna J. Kerlek, Martin Klapheke, Jessica G. Kovach, Dana M. Raml, Dawnelle Schatte, Lia A. Thomas, Jeffrey J. Rakofsky

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Abstract

Objective: A survey was conducted to determine US psychiatry residency directors’ attitudes regarding current measures of medical student performance and their preferences for the future. Methods: A team of psychiatry medical student educators and residency program directors developed a 23-question survey. In July 2021, links to the survey were sent out to all program directors registered with the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training. Results: Seventy program directors out of 223 initiated the survey, resulting in a response rate of 31.4%. Forty percent of respondents reported that the most important use of the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) is in screening out applicants for interviews, and only 26.1% reported that the MSPE in its current form could be trusted to provide a valid and reliable assessment of a student’s medical school performance. Most respondents agreed that in the absence of United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) step 1 numerical scores, the existing MSPE format/content requirements should be modified, use a set of ranking categories that are uniform across all medical schools, and be supplemented with additional measures of the student’s character and ability specific to psychiatry. Conclusions: US psychiatry program directors are eager for change when it comes to the MSPE and how it reports rankings, grades, and professionalism. The transition of the USMLE step 1 score reporting to pass/fail presents an opportunity to pursue this change and for stakeholders from all medical specialties to work together toward a shared goal of an improved residency selection process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAcademic Psychiatry
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StateAccepted/In press - 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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