Physical fitness and academic performance: A pilot investigation in USU medical students

Mark B. Stephens, Ting Dong, Steven J. Durning

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This study examined the correlations between physical fitness parameters and standard measures of academic performance in a cohort of students at the Uniformed Services University. Significant positive correlations were noted between the average aerobic fitness score and preclerkship grade point average (GPA; r = 0.37, p < 0.05) and cumulative GPA (r = 0.38, p < 0.05). Positive correlations were also noted between the average overall fitness score and preclerkship GPA (r = 0.34, p < 0.05), medical school cumulative GPA (r = 0.34, p < 0.05), and the score on Step 1 of the national board examination (r = −0.33, p < 0.05). Physical fitness may serve as one indicator to predict which students will succeed in medical school and to identify those who are at risk for poor performance and might benefit from a wellness intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-78
Number of pages2
JournalMilitary medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2015


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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