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

Before becoming a physician, a person will have prepared applications, completed numerous assessments in medical training programs, and written accreditation exams. This generates a large amount of data that can be used to assess the factors that influence physician success with regards to both admissions to medical school and in-program training of medical students.

DFM Faculty member, Lawrence Grierson, is working to connect these data points together across training institutions and certification, credentialing, and regulatory bodies. This allows for statistical modelling of a learner’s progress from entrance to medical school through to professional practice.
This research is being done in collaboration with the Undergraduate Medical Education Program at McMaster University. The first part of the study will assess the influence of factors related to medical student success within McMaster’s medical program. The second part of the study is being done in collaboration with five other medical schools in Ontario and the Medical Council of Canada. This will allow us to better understand how admissions and in-program training factors influence physician success in a province-wide manner.

Project Investigators

Project Partners

  • The University of Toronto Medical School
  • Queen’s University Medical School
  • The University of Ottawa Medical School
  • Western University Medical School
  • Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM)
  • The Medical Council of Canada (MCC)
  • The Ontario Physician Human Resource Data Centre (OPHRDC)