Relationship between IQ and academic performance of medical students.
Objective: The objectives of this study were to find the correlation among the intelligence and academic achievement of MBBS students and to see if the correlation differs between boys and girls. Study Design: Cross Sectional Study. Setting: Ameer Ud Din Medical College / PGMI Lahore. Period: 1st January 2019 to 31st January 2019 Material & Methods: A total of 100 second year MBBS students volunteered to participate (46 males and 54 females). Modified Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS) was used to access the IQ of students. Previous academic records of the students before their admission in medical college and written and oral test marks of second year MBBS students during the year were used for measuring academic achievements of students. The results were analyzed by spearmans correlation, Independent t test and Mann Whitney U test. Results: A statistically significant difference (p = 0.04) between IQ of boys and girls was found with males having mean IQ of 97.4±22.7 as compared to females 89.3±15.5. No significant difference was observed in academic achievements of male and female students. Correlation of IQ with academic achievements was also non-significant. Conclusion: Although males have higher IQ but it has no relationship with academic achievement of medical students. Hard work of the students with average or low IQ could be the reason that there was no difference in the academic achievement when they were compared with the students having higher IQ.