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In 2013, a horizontally integrated 18 month curriculum (C3) for undergraduate medical students, which replaced the traditional 24 month basic sciences curriculum, was implemented at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. A retrospective, all-inclusive study was conducted comparing the performance of the last group of students completing the 24 month curriculum (the Class of 2016, n=196) and the first group of students completing the 18 month curriculum (the Class of 2017, n=205) on the end-of-course OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Exam). Students who completed the 18 month curriculum had significantly higher OSCE case scores (7.7 points, p <0.0001) as well as higher OSCE category scores (2.2 points, p = 0.002).
Do end-of-course OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Exam) case scores differ significantly when comparing the 24 month curriculum to the 18 month curriculum?
Describe the effects of changing the curriculum to an integrated curriculum on student OSCE performance.
List other possible explanations for differences seen in OSCE performance.
Explain possible limitations to the study.
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