Objective: The aim of this study is to determine whether correlation exists between the internship performance and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) licensing examination.
Methods: This retrospective study enrolled 89 interns of a medical center in southern Taiwan from 2008 to 2012.Their ages, sex, present percentage, scores of TCM internship represented as internship performance were analyzed to determined the correlation with TCM licensing exam (passage or failure).Data were analyzed with ANOVA analysis, multiple linear regressions, and logistic regression to assess the correlation between TCM licensing examination and the internship performance. P value was set significance if it is less than 0.05.
Results: The results showed that only the score during internship was highly significantly correlated with TCM licensing exam (p < 0.001). The present percentage during internship did not demonstrated its significance with TCM licensing exam, however, it showed statistically significant by accompanying with internship scores (p < 0.001) though multiple linear regression analysis. The results presented a tendency toward young, male, present, and high score students to pass TCM listening exam.
Conclusions: Our results revealed a positive correlation exits between the scores during internship and TCM licensing examination.