P. Cundy MBBS, FRACS.
Examining the orthopaedic examiners: reliability of the Part 2 Orthopaedic Clinical Fellowship Examination in Australia
Article first published online: 27 MAR 2012
© 2012 The Author. ANZ Journal of Surgery © 2012 Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
ANZ Journal of Surgery
Volume 82, Issue 9, pages 607–611, September 2012
How to Cite
Cundy, P. (2012), Examining the orthopaedic examiners: reliability of the Part 2 Orthopaedic Clinical Fellowship Examination in Australia. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 82: 607–611. doi: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.2012.06035.x
- Issue published online: 3 SEP 2012
- Article first published online: 27 MAR 2012
- Accepted for publication 19 December 2011.
- Fellowship Examination;
- orthopaedic surgery;
- surgical training
Background: The Final Examination for Orthopaedic Surgeons in Australia comprises seven components of which two are written responses and five are oral examinations involving separate pairs of examiners.
Methods: The reliability of the examination process and close marking system was assessed by using a standardized DVD of a sham examination. Fifteen current examiners viewed the DVD and scored the viewed examination independently.
Results: The results demonstrated consistency in scoring and reliability. This validation is likely to be further increased by the current system of the pairing of examiners. Additionally, the patient-based examination segments were found to be as reliably scored as the criterion-referenced computer-based examination stations.
Conclusions: Candidates for the Fellowship Examination should be reassured that this study has shown that the examination process has inter-examiner reliability and consistency.