USMLE Question of the Week

Understanding Statistical Tests for USMLE

In Episode 3 of Med School Question of the Week for USMLE, Luke Maxfield, MedSchoolCoach expert tutor, answers this medical school question: A physician is measuring the mean rate of cure between two groups being treated for gastric adenocarcinoma. The medication is a purine analog and has notable adverse events associated with nausea, hair loss, and peripheral neuropathy. If the investigation would like to compare the mean rate of resolution between the two groups, which statistical test should he use?
  • Analysis of variance (ANOVA)
  • T-test
  • Chi Square test
  • Mann Whitney U
  • Wilcoxon sign Rank
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Chi Square test

Luke Maxfield

Luke obtained his B.S. from the University of Colorado while working at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus department of pathology as a student researcher. He completed studies at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and is a current dermatology resident. Luke scored in the 99th percentile on his COMLEX exams.

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