The Medical Education Evaluation Program of the state of Ohio.
In October 1988, seven foreign medical graduates participated in the first administration of the examination devised by the Medical Education Evaluation Program (MEEP) mandated by the State Medical Board of Ohio. The MEEP was established to provide an objective evaluation of an applicant's clinical competencies; passing the MEEP examination was intended to certify that the applicant's clinical skills were comparable to those of a medical student graduating from a school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. An applicant who successfully passed the MEEP examination and fulfilled the other Ohio licensure requirements would be eligible to take the Federation Licensing Examination (FLEX) and apply for an unrestricted license to practice medicine in Ohio. The paper describes the origin and development of the MEEP examination and the testing modalities selected (multiple-choice examinations and the use of standardized patients). Four fundamental areas were tested; these are named and described, along with the method for calculating scores for each area and the criteria for passing the different components of the examination. Although the small sample size prohibited meaningful data analysis for the performance of the first group of MEEP candidates, the MEEP examination appears to meet psychometric standards of certifying and licensing examinations, based on data from comparable tests taken by beginning fourth-year medical students in New England and NBME Part III examination examinees. Some potential pitfalls of the MEEP examination are mentioned, as well as the fact that it presents a challenge to boards of medical examiners of other states to implement performance-based assessments of physicians who graduate from non-accredited medical schools.
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Stillman, P. L., Madigan, H. S., Thompson, D. K., Swanson, D. B., Julian, E., Regan, M. B., Nelson, D. V., & Philbin, M. (1989). The Medical Education Evaluation Program of the state of Ohio. Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, 64(8), 454–457. https://doi.org/10.1097/00001888-198908000-00008
Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Medicine