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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 5-13

Critical Analysis of Performance of Medical Students


Department of Community Medicine, B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal

Correspondence Address:
Surya Raj Niraula
Senior Statistician, Department of Community Medicine, B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan
Nepal
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


Background: Admission to B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS), a health sciences university, depends upon a candidate's academic score in prior education and performance in entrance examination. This study analyzes the performance of the first three classes of MBBS (Bachelor's Degree in Medicine and Surgery) students at different levels, who graduated between 1999 and 2001. Objective: To determine whether the premedical performance at different levels has any role in medical performance, and to determine the extent to which the factors predict achievement in the medical program. Methodology: The scores of students at different levels in premedical and medical education, gender and the medium of schooling of 86 medical students were compiled and analyzed. Results: Annual medical performance scores were found to be significantly correlated with each other, but the average MBBS score was not dependent on either high school or entrance examination scores. However, it correlated with intermediate level in science score. Thus, the selection procedure needs to be developed in such a way that the candidates selected by the entrance examination are most likely to perform well in medical school and beyond. Implications: There is a strong need to standardize the entrance selection procedure of MBBS at BPKIHS.


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