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TABLE 4

Universal Task Examination Weights: Survey Responses and Final Weights

What Percentage of Questions Should Fall Within Each Universal Task?Community Hospitalists (n = 152)Noncommunity Hospitalistsa (n = 247)Mean DifferenceFinal Examination Weight
MeanSDMeanSD
1. Core science and pathophysiology 18.2 10.3 17.5 9.9 −0.7 20 
2. Epidemiology and risk assessment 10.9 5.7 12.9 6.1 2.0b 10 
3. Diagnosis and evaluation 35.2 8.2 35 7.9 −0.2 35 
4. Management and treatment 35.7 7.8 34.5 7.3 −1.2 35 
What Percentage of Questions Should Fall Within Each Universal Task?Community Hospitalists (n = 152)Noncommunity Hospitalistsa (n = 247)Mean DifferenceFinal Examination Weight
MeanSDMeanSD
1. Core science and pathophysiology 18.2 10.3 17.5 9.9 −0.7 20 
2. Epidemiology and risk assessment 10.9 5.7 12.9 6.1 2.0b 10 
3. Diagnosis and evaluation 35.2 8.2 35 7.9 −0.2 35 
4. Management and treatment 35.7 7.8 34.5 7.3 −1.2 35 
a

“Noncommunity hospitalists” include those who selected one of the following as their primary clinical practice setting: (1) university-based hospital or children’s hospital within a university hospital, (2) freestanding children’s hospital, (3) military hospital, (4) outpatient clinic or private practice, or (5) other.

b

P value <.05 (ie, significant difference between community and noncommunity pediatric hospitalists).

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