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Objective: To determine the correlation of trainee selection scores (TSS) with subsequent performance in anesthesiology trainees at a university hospital.
Study Design: Descriptive analytical study.
Place and Duration of Study: The Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, from August 2016 to January 2017.
Methodology: Data were collected on 44 anesthesiology trainees completing their training between 2009 and 2015. TSS consisted of entrance test, final-year medical school scores, and interviews. Assessment included written tests, viva voce, and clinical assessment. Non-parametric Spearman rank correlation coefficient was computed to assess the relationship between scores.
Results: Weak correlation was found between TSS and overall assessment scores for first three years of training. Correlation of TSS with clinical component of assessment was weak throughout training, while it was moderately significant with cognitive component of assessment in third and fourth years of training. Correlation between interview scores and cognitive as well as clinical assessment was non-significant. TSS showed weak correlation with success in exit level examination.
Conclusion: Correlation between overall TSS and assessment scores was weak for first three years of training, and becoming moderately positive in later years of training. Cognitive component of TSS had moderately positive correlation with cognitive assessment, but not with clinical performance. Anesthesiology training programmes need to strengthen their selection criteria; and development of structured interviews might prove useful. Future research should focus upon identifying most useful traits in selecting high performers in anesthesiology training.


Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons--Pakistan : JCPSP