Monthly Archives: June 2014

Medical Students Start Using Hand-Held Ultrasound Starting in Year One

  Educators and students from University of California, Irvine, describe their intensive involvement with ultrasound as an adjunct to physical diagnosis.  Pre-clerkship students engage in weekly practice sessions precepted primarily by fourth-year students.  Ultrasound exposure continues throughout the curriculum.  It … Continue reading

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First-Year Medical Students Changed Resources They Cite in Response to Curricular Changes

  First-year students writing weekly “learning issue” essays in a problem-based learning curriculum cited the sources of their information.  The type of references cited changed after changes in the curriculum including earlier delineation of “high-quality” resources, instruction on efficient search … Continue reading

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What Should a July Intern Know? EPAs Proposed for Medical Students

  EPAs (entrustable professional activities))are just rolling out this year for residency programs with the new accreditation system.  The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has now drafted a set of 13 EPAs for graduating medical students.  They range from … Continue reading

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What Are The Essential Elements of Interprofessional Teamwork?

  The ability to collaborate in an interprofessional team is an entrustable professional activity (EPA) for undergraduate and graduate medical training, but tools to assess such skills are lacking. The authors of this qualitative study sought out to identify essential elements … Continue reading

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Multiple Mini-interviews for Medical School Admission: Asking Candidates to Recall What They’ve Done Is Better Than Asking Them To Imagine What They Would Do.

The multiple mini-interview(MMI) has been shown to reliably predict success in medical school and has become the standard approach to selecting candidates for medical school admission. This study by Eva et al examines MMI’s reliability characteristics using various structured station … Continue reading

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Script Concordance Testing: the Holy Grail for Testing Clinical Reasoning?

    Unlike traditional OSCEs, script concordance testing (SCT) has been shown to differentiate expert physicians vs. novice learners in cross-sectional studies.  In this first longitudinal study of SCT, researchers show that two cohorts of medical students markedly improved their clinical … Continue reading

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Googling for EBM

   Have you ever felt guilty Googling for an answer to a medical question rather than looking it up in an evidence-based database? This study by Kim et. al. compares the time it takes to find a reliable answer to … Continue reading

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