TriMetrix(R) Assessment Helps Determine Academic Performance Among Surgical Medical Residents

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ., June 30, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Postgraduate medical trainees are expected to treat their residency experience as a learning period and proving ground for passing medical boards. A new study published in the May/June 2015 edition of the Journal of Surgical Education shows integrating assessments into the learning process provides program directors opportunities to develop curriculum better tailored to residents who might be at risk for meeting program and qualification standards for board certification.

Providing these insights into inherent human behavior and motivators to medical trainees during the course of their residency would ultimately improve overall training approaches, maximize the residency experience, and help avoid resident board examination failures, the study suggests.

To determine how assessments can better predict academic success, seven surgical training programs, representing various institutions from across the country, agreed to participate in this initial study, "Predicting Academic Performance in Surgical Training." Richard M. Bell and other academic authors conducted this study.

Based on the TriMetrix® assessments developed by TTI Success Insights, 117 residents were recruited and completed an online version of the assessment that helped characterize their behavioral style, motivators and acumen. The results of the TriMetrix® assessments were compared with scores from the In-Training examination provided by the American Board of Surgery utilizing binary logistic regression and a Neural Network.

"As researchers, our ability to provide innovative practices that help to unveil human behavior, motivation and potential is a game changer not only in workplace selection, but also in the world of evaluating student academic performance," said Ron Bonnstetter, Ph.D., senior vice president of research and development of TTI SI and Target Training International, Ltd. "The more information post-graduate program directors have when identifying successful candidates for postgraduate training, the better suited these students will be when taking their board exams."

Based on residents' overall DISC/behavior (Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, Compliance) and motivator (Theoretical, Utilitarian, Aesthetic, Social, Individualistic, Traditional) scores, the most significant drivers for success were determined to be:

  • Among the 64 seniors, those with a high steadiness behavioral style were the most successful in academia and had a higher likelihood of scoring well on the in-training examination.
  • Among the 53 juniors, those with a high steadiness and compliance behavioral styles and a high score on their role awareness (Acumen Index) achieved the most academic success and had a higher likelihood of scoring well on the in-training exam.

"Clearly, one's success as an undergraduate does not always translate to success as a postgraduate surgical trainee," the study said. "Every program has felt the pain of losing a resident for whatever reason — academic, clinical performance, personal issues or a simple change in career path. While there are multiple reasons why residents alter their career paths, a strategy that could help [identify the potential for academic difficulties] . . . would be welcomed by all."

The study suggests someone's behavioral, motivational and acumen characteristics can be useful in identifying whether they may be "at risk" for substandard performance on the board exam. Armed with this information, institutional program directors now have the opportunity to intervene proactively to offer surgical residents a greater chance for academic success. To read the "Predicting Academic Performance in Surgical Training" study, please click here.

CONTACT: Emily Soccorsy 480-443-1077Source: TTI Success Insights