News in brief: February 2014
An attendance rate of 80% or more throughout clinical rotations might be linked with an increased chance of passing end of year examinations.
The study, published in JAMA, sought to evaluate the relationship between Trinity College Dublin medical students’ attendance at 26 clinical activities and 34 tutorials throughout their eight week obstetrics and gynaecology rotation.
Attendance of 147 fourth year medical students was recorded by paper log book and success was determined by their results on their end of year examinations, consisting of an 11 station objective structured clinical examination, end of year written exam, and long case clinical/oral examination.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, there was a positive correlation between attendance and overall examination score (r=0.59 (95% confidence interval 0.44 to 0.70)), even after controlling for sex, age, country of origin, previous exam failure, and timing of the rotation in the academic year. The adjusted odds ratio for failure with attendance rates