Monthly Archives: May 2013

All You Ever Wanted To Know About Admissions! Part 2

The current MCAT (Dunleavy et al) appears to have quite good ability to predict the likelihood of a medical student having “unimpeded progress” through medical school.  Unimpeded progress was defined as graduating within 5 years of entry and passing Step … Continue reading

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50% Fewer Students Needed For Course Evaluations

A multi-site, multi-country study shows that far fewer students are needed to evaluate a course, if they are asked to predict the opinion of their classmates instead of give their own. The predictive model of evaluation required input from 50% … Continue reading

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Laboratory Exercises Based On TBL Model

Integrated laboratory classes (ILCs) have been shown to promote higher short and long term information retention in medical students than do conventional laboratory exercises.  ILCs are multi-discipline, small group cases designed to fit into an integrated medical school curriculum, using … Continue reading

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Experimenting With Resident Conferences

Three internal medicine programs describe their independent decisions to change from daily one-hour conferences to longer weekly conferences. Each program dealt with similar issues: a decision to change from passive to active learning; a need for faculty development in active-learning … Continue reading

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All You Ever Wanted To Know About Admissions! Part 4

Admissions deans (Koenig et al) are interested in our ability to quantify personal competencies important in medicine and many other fields.  These include ethical responsibility, reliability and dependability, service orientation, social skills, capacity for improvement, resilience and adaptability, cultural competence, … Continue reading

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All You Ever Wanted To Know About Admissions! Part 3

Admissions deans were surveyed (Monroe et al ) in 1986 and in 2008 regarding their admissions process and the importance of various types of applicant data.  The applicant pool has changed over this time, reflecting an increase in Asian applicants … Continue reading

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All You Ever Wanted To Know About Admissions! Part 1

The venerable MCAT (Schwartzstein et al) will be undergoing a major transformation in 2015.  There will be a new psychology/sociology section which includes some probability.  The science section will have less physics and organic chemistry, and more biochemistry.  The critical … Continue reading

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