Longitudinal appraisal of medical educational metrics: Developing big education data platforms

The training-and-practice trajectory of a medical professional is characterized by numerous data points that describes that individual’s qualifications, performance on standardized examinations, and other metrics of aptitude. Many of these markers are assembled by the student at the time of application to health professional training programs, while many others are collected by programs as part of the student’s summative assessment or sit with regulatory bodies that certify physicians and accredit programs. This line of research aims to connect these data points across levels of training, regulatory bodies, and medical training institutions in a way that allows for statistical modelling of a learner’s progress from entrance to medical school into professional practice, with the goal of developing a greater understanding of the factors that influence physician success in training in practice. To date, this line of research has been successful in connecting Ontario post-graduate training programs, the CFPC, and the RCSPC in a studies investigating the factors associated with international medical graduate success, and is progressing with new research that explores markers of undergraduate education.

Recent publications:

  • Grierson LEM, Mercuri M, Brailovsky C, Cole G, Abrahams C, Archibald D, Bandiera G, Philips S, Stirrett G, Walton M, Wong E, Schabort I. (in press). Admission factors associated with international medical graduate certification success: A collaborative retrospective review of post-graduate medical education programs in Ontario. CMAJ Open.
  • Schabort I, Mercuri M, Grierson LEM. Predicting international medical graduate success on college certification examinations. Responding to the Thomson and Cohl judicial report on IMG selection. Canadian Family Physician, 60, 478-484. 2014.