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Practicing physicians must assess their own knowledge and skills continually to ensure that they are current with new medical procedures and advances. The ability to assess one's own performance was studied for medical students, who were asked to estimate their performance on course quizzes. An item that asked students to estimate their correct percentage on the examination was added to five weekly quizzes in the winter term. The number of students providing self-evaluations ranged from 137 to 164 in a class of 170 students. Overall, students were quite accurate in predicting their test scores. However, their assessments were not well calibrated in that the variations in their estimates did not correlate with variations in their actual performance. The high level of accuracy in their self-assessments does indicate well-developed self-assessment skills, but whether the ability to evaluate one's own performance carries over into areas less familiar than examinations remains to be determined. (Contains one figure and five references.) (SLD)

Descriptors: Estimation (Mathematics), Higher Education, Knowledge Level, Medical Education, Medical Students, Performance Factors, Scores, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Test Results

Author: Fitzgerald, T. J.; And Others


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