Does academic assessment system type affect levels of academic stress in medical students? A cross-sectional study from Pakistan.

Does academic assessment system type affect levels of academic stress in medical students? A cross-sectional study from Pakistan. Med Educ Online. 2015;20:27706 Authors: Ali M, Asim H, Edhi AI, Hashmi MD, Khan MS, Naz F, Qaiser KN, Qureshi SM, Zahid MF, Jehan I Abstract INTRODUCTION: Stress among medical students induced by academic pressures is on the rise among the student population in Pakistan and other parts of the world. Our study examined the relationship between two different systems employed to assess academic performance and the levels of stress among students at two different medical schools in Karachi, Pakistan. METHODS: A sample consisting of 387 medical students enrolled in pre-clinical years was taken from two universities, one employing the semester examination system with grade point average (GPA) scores (a tiered system) and the other employing an annual examination system with only pass/fail grading. A pre-designed, self-administered questionnaire was distributed. Test anxiety levels were assessed by The Westside Test Anxiety Scale (WTAS). Overall stress was evaluated using the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS). RESULTS: There were 82 males and 301 females while four did not respond to the gender question. The mean age of the entire cohort was 19.7±1.0 years. A total of 98 participants were from the pass/fail assessment system while 289 were from the GPA system. There was a higher proportion of females in the GPA system (85% v...
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