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Robert G Bing-You, Kalli Varaklis
BACKGROUND: A new organizational model of educational administrative support was instituted in the Department of Medical Education (DME) to better meet increasing national accreditation demands. Residency and fellowship programs were organized into four 'Communities of Practice' (CoOPs) based on discipline similarity, number of learners, and geographic location. Program coordinator reporting lines were shifted from individual departments to a centralized reporting structure within the DME...
2016: Medical Education Online
Kannan Ramar, Alice Gallo De Moraes, Bernardo Selim, Steven Holets, Richard Oeckler
BACKGROUND: Physicians require extensive training to achieve proficiency in mechanical ventilator (MV) management of the critically ill patients. Guided self-directed learning (GSDL) is usually the method used to learn. However, it is unclear if this is the most proficient approach to teaching mechanical ventilation to critical care fellows. We, therefore, investigated whether critical care fellows achieve higher scores on standardized testing and report higher satisfaction after participating in a hands-on tutorial combined with GSDL compared to self-directed learning alone...
2016: Medical Education Online
Alisa Nagler, Deborah L Engle, Mariah Rudd, Saumil M Chudgar, John L Weinerth, Catherine M Kuhn, Edward Buckley, Colleen O'Connor Grochowski
BACKGROUND: There is a paucity of information regarding institutional targets for the number of undergraduate medical education (UME) graduates being matched to graduate medical education (GME) programs at their home institutions. At our institution, the Duke University, the number of UME graduates matched to GME programs declined dramatically in 2011. To better understand why this decline may have happened, we sought to identify perceived quality metrics for UME and GME learners, evaluate trends in match outcomes and educational program characteristics, and explore whether there is an ideal retention rate for UME graduates in their home institutions' GME programs...
2016: Medical Education Online
Jacqueline L Gauer, Josephine M Wolff, J Brooks Jackson
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this study was to determine the associations and predictive values of Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) component and composite scores prior to 2015 with U.S. Medical Licensure Exam (USMLE) Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) scores, with a focus on whether students scoring low on the MCAT were particularly likely to continue to score low on the USMLE exams. METHOD: Multiple linear regression, correlation, and chi-square analyses were performed to determine the relationship between MCAT component and composite scores and USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK scores from five graduating classes (2011-2015) at the University of Minnesota Medical School (N=1,065)...
2016: Medical Education Online
Katharine Reid, David Smallwood, Margo Collins, Ruth Sutherland, Agnes Dodds
BACKGROUND: To ensure the rigour of objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) in assessing medical students, medical school educators must educate examiners with a view to standardising examiner assessment behaviour. Delivering OSCE examiner training is a necessary yet challenging part of the OSCE process. A novel approach to implementing training for current and potential OSCE examiners was trialled by delivering large-group education sessions at major teaching hospitals. METHODS: The 'OSCE Roadshow' comprised a short training session delivered in the context of teaching hospital 'Grand Rounds' to current and potential OSCE examiners...
2016: Medical Education Online
Abdelrahman Ibrahim Abushouk, Nguyen Minh Duc
Medical students often perceive neurology as the most difficult medical specialty. This perception is described as 'neurophobia' in the medical literature. Several studies have cited poor teaching, complex examination, and separation of basic and clinical sciences as major factors in the development of neurophobia. These negative perceptions can have serious implications, such as decreasing the students' desire to consider neurology as a future career and increasing referrals from other specialists to avoid dealing with neurological conditions...
2016: Medical Education Online
Jyh-Gang Hsieh, Mutsu Hsu, Ying-Wei Wang
PURPOSE: To use mini-ethnographies narrating patient illness to improve the cultural competence of the medical students. METHODS: Between September 2013 and June 2015, all sixth-year medical students doing their internship at a medical center in eastern Taiwan were trained to write mini-ethnographies for one of the patients in their care. The mini-ethnographies were analyzed by authors with focus on the various aspects of cultural sensitivity and a holistic care approach...
2016: Medical Education Online
Nilufer Demiral Yilmaz, Serpil Velipasaoglu, Sema Ozan, Bilge Uzun Basusta, Ozlem Midik, Sumer Mamakli, Nazan Karaoglu, Funda Tengiz, Halil İbrahim Durak, Hatice Sahin
BACKGROUND: The relationship between students and instructors is of crucial importance for the development of a positive learning climate. Learning climate is a multifaceted concept, and its measurement is a complicated process. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to determine medical students' perceptions about the clinical learning climate and to investigate differences in their perceptions in terms of various variables. METHODS: Medical students studying at six medical schools in Turkey were recruited for the study...
2016: Medical Education Online
Aliya Kassam, Michèle Cowan, Tyrone Donnon
BACKGROUND: The CanMEDS roles provide a comprehensive framework to organize competency-based curricula; however, there is a challenge in finding feasible, valid, and reliable assessment methods to measure intrinsic roles such as Communicator and Collaborator. The objective structured clinical exam (OSCE) is more commonly used in postgraduate medical education for the assessment of clinical skills beyond medical expertise. METHOD: We developed the CanMEDS In-Training Exam (CITE), a six-station OSCE designed to assess two different CanMEDS roles (one primary and one secondary) and general communication skills at each station...
2016: Medical Education Online
Mimi McEvoy, Staci Pollack, Lawrence Dyche, William Burton
INTRODUCTION: Humanism is cultivated through reflection and self-awareness. We aimed to employ fourth-year medical students, recognized for their humanism, to facilitate reflective sessions for second-year medical students with the intention of positively influencing reflective process toward humanistic development. METHODS/ANALYSIS: A total of 186 students were randomly assigned to one of three comparison arms: eight groups of eight students (64 students) were facilitated by a fourth-year student who was a Gold Humanism Honor Society member (GHHS); eight groups (64 students) by a volunteer non-GHHS student; and seven groups (58 students) were non-facilitated...
2016: Medical Education Online
Patricia A Carney, Gerald E Crites, Karen H Miller, Michelle Haight, Dimitrios Stefanidis, Eileen Cichoskikelly, David W Price, Modupeola O Akinola, Victoria C Scott, Summers Kalishman
BACKGROUND: Implementation science (IS) is the study of methods that successfully integrate best evidence into practice. Although typically applied in healthcare settings to improve patient care and subsequent outcomes, IS also has immediate and practical applications to medical education toward improving physician training and educational outcomes. The objective of this article is to illustrate how to build a research agenda that focuses on applying IS principles in medical education...
2016: Medical Education Online
Irene Moraitis, Miriam I Zegeye
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2016: Medical Education Online
Juan Andrés Trejo-Mejía, Melchor Sánchez-Mendiola, Ignacio Méndez-Ramírez, Adrián Martínez-González
BACKGROUND: The objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) is a widely used method for assessing clinical competence in health sciences education. Studies using this method have shown evidence of validity and reliability. There are no published studies of OSCE reliability measurement with generalizability theory (G-theory) in Latin America. The aims of this study were to assess the reliability of an OSCE in medical students using G-theory and explore its usefulness for quality improvement...
2016: Medical Education Online
Shireen Madani Sims, James W Lynch
INTRODUCTION: The College of Medicine at our institution underwent a major curricular revision in order to develop a patient-centered context for learning. The admission process was revised to reflect this change, adopting a holistic review process, with the hope of attracting students who were particularly well suited to a patient-centered curriculum and learning culture. METHODS: Patients from a single practitioner, who were accustomed to working with medical students, were asked if they would like to select the next generation of physicians...
2016: Medical Education Online
Michelle Barajaz, Teri Turner
Although our country faces a looming shortage of doctors, constraints of space, funding, and patient volume in many existing residency programs limit training opportunities for medical graduates. New residency programs need to be created for the expansion of graduate medical education training positions. Partnerships between existing academic institutions and community hospitals with a need for physicians can be a very successful means toward this end. Baylor College of Medicine and The Children's Hospital of San Antonio were affiliated in 2012, and subsequently, we developed and received accreditation for a new categorical pediatric residency program at that site in 2014...
2016: Medical Education Online
Haq Nawaz, Paul V Petraro, Christina Via, Saif Ullah, Lionel Lim, Dorothea Wild, Mary Kennedy, Edward M Phillips
BACKGROUND: The vast majority of the healthcare problems burdening our society today are caused by disease-promoting lifestyles (e.g., physical inactivity and unhealthy eating). Physicians report poor training and lack of confidence in counseling patients on lifestyle changes. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate a new curriculum and rotation in lifestyle medicine for preventive medicine residents. METHODS: Training included didactics (six sessions/year), distance learning, educational conferences, and newly developed lifestyle medicine rotations at the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine, the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, and the Integrative Medicine Center...
2016: Medical Education Online
Désirée A Lie, Christopher P Forest, Anne Walsh, Yvonne Banzali, Kevin Lohenry
BACKGROUND: The student-run clinic (SRC) has the potential to address interprofessional learning among health professions students. PURPOSE: To derive a framework for understanding student learning during team-based care provided in an interprofessional SRC serving underserved patients. METHODS: The authors recruited students for a focus group study by purposive sampling and snowballing. They constructed two sets of semi-structured questions for uniprofessional and multiprofessional groups...
2016: Medical Education Online
Catherine B Meador, Bobak Parang, Melissa A Musser, Rachana Haliyur, David A Owens, Terence S Dermody
Leadership skills are essential for a successful career as a physician-scientist, yet many MD-PhD training programs do not offer formal training in leadership. The Vanderbilt Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) previously established a 2-day leadership workshop that has been held biennially since 2006 for students in the first and second years of the graduate school portion of combined MD and PhD training (G1/G2 students). Workshop attendees have consistently rated this workshop as a highly effective experience...
2016: Medical Education Online
Shari A Whicker, Deborah L Engle, Saumil Chudgar, Stephen DeMeo, Sarah M Bean, Aditee P Narayan, Colleen O'Connor Grochowski, Alisa Nagler
BACKGROUND: Graduate medical education faculty bear the responsibility of demonstrating active research and scholarship; however, faculty who choose education-focused careers may face unique obstacles related to the lack of promotion tracks, funding, career options, and research opportunities. Our objective was to address education research and scholarship barriers by providing a collaborative peer-mentoring environment and improve the production of research and scholarly outputs. METHODS: We describe a Medical Education Scholarship Support (MESS) group created in 2013...
2016: Medical Education Online
Chunfeng Liu, Karen M Scott, Renee L Lim, Silas Taylor, Rafael A Calvo
BACKGROUND: Doctors' verbal and non-verbal communication skills have an impact on patients' health outcomes, so it is important for medical students to develop these skills. Traditional, non-verbal communication skills training can involve a tutor manually annotating a student's non-verbal behaviour during patient-doctor consultations, but this is very time-consuming. Tele-conference systems have been used in verbal communication skills training. METHODS: We describe EQClinic, a system that enables verbal and non-verbal communication skills training during tele-consultations with simulated patients (SPs), with evaluation exercises promoting reflection...
2016: Medical Education Online
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