Monthly Archives: September 2013

Medical Educators’ Opinion on Teaching

This research article looks at the characteristics of an effective teacher using feedback from medical educators themselves and not the usual yardstick of students’ evaluations.  The three top qualities identified, in descending order, are knowledge of the subject, enthusiasm, and … Continue reading

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Important Factors in Conducting Remediation Sessions

In this study remediation sessions with small groups of medical student were audio recorded and analyzed to understand what constitutes effective remediation, as well as effective facilitators.   Experienced teachers often modeled effective inquiry, posed “disruptive questions” and flagged student “uncertainty, … Continue reading

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Incentives May Be Needed To Increase The Number Of Primary Care Physicians

Norman Edelman,  former Robert Wood Johnson Medical School dean, heads a survey study of institutions with ACGME-accredited residency programs. Hospitals are looking to start or expand residency programs mostly in NON-primary care fields, including emergency medicine, plastic surgery, radiology, general … Continue reading

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To Take The Formative Assessment Or Not?

This study investigates why students choose to (or not to) use on-line formative assessments before taking a summative exam.  Students who took the assessments did so in order to accomplish 3 goals:  to understand expectations for the summative exam in … Continue reading

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Watch For More Complex Communication Skills Requirements on Step 2 Clinical Skills Examination

The National Board of Medical Examiners decided to expand their emphasis on physician-patient communication skills, in line with research showing that these skills are linked to better patient outcomes.  Starting in June, 2012, standardized patient training has included items related … Continue reading

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Evidence That There Are A Lot Of Barriers To Doctors Using Evidence

In this synthesis of qualitative studies evaluating physicians’ attitudes towards and use of evidence-based medicine (EBM), many barriers and a few facilitators to utilitzation of EBM were identified.  The main facilitators were: having a positive attitude toward EBM; having supervisors, clinical … Continue reading

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