Table 2.

Results of fellow testing

Test OverallaAll FellowsFirst YearSecond YearP Value (First versus Second Year)b
No. of fellows1114962NA
Overall score, mean±SD (95% CI)43.6±4.6 (42.7 to 44.5)42.7±5.0 (41.3 to 44.1)44.4±4.0 (43.4 to 45.4)P=0.02
Proportion reaching pass threshold (46/58 points)32% (36/111)24% (12/49)39% (24/62)P=0.08
Scenario 1
No. of fellows1124963NA
Overall score, mean±SD (95% CI)16.1±2.0 (15.7 to 16.5)16.0±1.9 (15.5 to 16.5)16.3±2.1 (15.8 to 16.8)P=0.2
Proportion reaching pass threshold (15/20 points)76% (85/112)69% (34/49)81% (51/63)P=0.1
Scenario 2
No. of fellows1144965NA
Overall score, mean±SD (95% CI)16.5±2.3 (16.1 to 16.9)16.0±2.5 (15.3 to 16.7)16.8±2.1 (16.3 to 17.3)P=0.03
Proportion reaching pass threshold (17/21 points; 1 bonus point possible)43% (49/114)35% (17/49)49% (32/65)P=0.09
Scenario 3
No. of fellows1134964NA
Overall score, mean±SD (95% CI)11.0±1.8 (10.7 to 11.3)10.7±2.0 (10.1 to 11.3)11.2±1.7 (10.8 to 11.6)P=0.08
Proportion reaching pass threshold (14/17 points)6% (7/113)6% (3/49)6% (4/64)P=0.65
  • NA, not applicable; 95% CI, 95% confidence interval.

  • a Scored by Walter Reed National Military Medical Center investigators (L.K.P., C.M.Y.).

  • b On the basis of the hypothesis that second-year fellow performance would be better than that of first-year fellows, P values are for one-tailed tests. Fisher exact test used for pass threshold comparisons. Unpaired t test used for score comparisons.