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Table 3 Univariate Analysis of Intercalated Student Performance in years 1–3

From: An intercalated BSc degree is associated with higher marks in subsequent medical school examinations

Assessment Type Year Exam Mark Band1 Intercalated
% (n)
Non-Intercalated
% (n)
P-value2
Written 1 WR1:1
Systems I (n = 825)
1 26.0 (40) 19.2 (129) 0.011
    2 29.2 (45) 25.3 (170)  
    3 29.9 (46) 28.6 (192)  
    4 9.7 (15) 11.9 (80)  
    Fail 5.2 (8) 14.9 (100)  
   WR1:2
Basic Science for Medicine
(n = 648)
1 25.8 (31) 11.0 (58) < 0.001
    2 26.7 (32) 21.0 (111)  
    3 25.8 (31) 28.2 (149)  
    4 10.8 (13) 13.8 (73)  
    Fail 10.8 (13) 25.9 (137)  
   WR1:3
Systems II
(n = 826)
1 22.1 (34) 12.6 (85) 0.009
    2 30.5 (47) 25.3 (170)  
    3 24.7 (38) 31.7 (213)  
    4 11.7 (18) 15.3 (103)  
    Fail 11.0 (17) 15.0 (101)  
  2 WR2:1
Principles of Medicine I
(n = 861)
1 17.5 (27) 11.5 (81) 0.016
    2 46.1 (71) 39.7 (281)  
    3 29.9 (46) 37.1(262)  
    4 5.8 (9) 11.6 (82)  
    Fail 0.6 (1) 0.1(1)  
   WR2:2 Principles of Medicine II (n = 861) 1 18.2 (28) 11.7 (83) 0.028
    2 47.4 (73) 44.0 (311)  
    3 27.9 (43) 30.8 (218)  
    4 6.5 (10) 11.3 (80)  
    Fail 0 (0) 2.1 (15)  
   WR2:3
Community Course II
(n = 861)
1 5.8 (9) 8.5 (60) 0.539
    2 39.0 (60) 33.0 (233)  
    3 37.7(58) 38.5 (272)  
    4 16.2 (25) 18.0 (127)  
    Fail 1.3 (2) 2.1 (15)  
   WE2:4
Principles of Medicine III (n = 861)
1 12.3 (19) 6.9 (49) < 0.001
    2 46.1 (71) 31.1 (220)  
    3 30.5 (47) 30.6 (216)  
    4 10.4 (16) 27.2 (192)  
    Fail 0.6 (1) 4.2 (30)  
  3 WR3:1
Principles of Medicine IVa
(n = 861)
1 5.8 (9) 6.4 (45) 0.034
    2 20.1 (31) 21.4 (151)  
    3 46.8 (72) 41.7 (295)  
    4 27.3 (42) 24.6 (174)  
    Fail 0 (0) 5.9 (42)  
   WR3:2
Principles of Medicine IVb
(n = 861)
1 12.3 (19) 8.1 (57) < 0.001
    2 42.2 (65) 29.1 (206)  
    3 34.4(53) 40.9 (289)  
    4 11.0 (17) 17.7 (125)  
    Fail 0 (0) 4.2 (30)  
OSCE 3 OSCE3
Clinical Skills
(n = 861)
1 12.3 (19) 12.2 (86) 0.003
    2 31.8 (49) 34.9 (247)  
    3 46.8 (72) 32.7 (231)  
    4 7.1 (11) 15.4 (109)  
    Fail 1.9 (3) 4.8 (34)  
Journal-style paper (essay) 3 JP3
Community Course III
(n = 861)
1 16.2 (25) 7.6 (54) 0.003
    2 52.6 (81) 49.9 (353)  
    3 26.0 (40) 31.1 (220)  
    4 4.5 (7) 10.3 (73)  
    Fail 0.6 (1) 1.0 (7)  
  1. 1 Mark bands were categorised into their 5 locally-used bands: 1 = outstanding, CAS marks 18–20; 2 = very good, CAS marks 15–17; 3 = good, CAS marks 12–14; 4 = pass, CAS marks 9–11; Fail = CAS marks 0–8.
  2. 2 P-value from chi-square test