PREDICTING MEDICAL STUDENTS? PERFORMANCE IN ANATOMY USING IN-COURSE ASSESSMENT TESTS: CASE STUDY OF A NIGERIAN MEDICAL SCHOOL
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Author(s): Ajayi A, Leko B J, Eweoya O O, Oyewo O O, Ayeni R O

Abstract In an attempt to determine the correlation between performance in in-course assessments and professional examination in Anatomy for medical undergraduates, the present study examined the pe rformances of students from a medical school in the south western part of Nigeria. 905 medical students, who sat for the professional Anatomy examination in four consecutive academic sessions (2002/2003 ? 2005/2006), were studied and data analyzed for mean, standard deviation and range of scores in in-course, professional examination and overall performance for each session as well as the four sessions combined. Correlation coefficient (r) between in-course assessment, professional examination and overall score were also determined. Based on the pooled data, the following equation was derived for predicting students? overall performance in anatomy from their in-courses; Y = 28.6 + 0.43X (where y = overall score % and x = in-course assessment scores %). Keywords: Medical education, Anatomy, in-course test, progressive assessment test, professional examination

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