Monthly Archives: November 2014

Medical Student Empathy In The Eye Of The (Self vs. Standardized Patient) Beholder

   In this interesting study, more than 3,000 student – standardized patient (SP) encounters were analyzed by the gender and ethnicity of the participants.  Medical students and SPs completed non-identical evaluations of the medical student’s empathy.  Female students overall were … Continue reading

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Resident Candidates (Mostly Unfamiliar With The Multiple Mini-Interview) Overall Prefer The Traditional Interview

   Researchers anonymously surveyed emergency medicine residency interviewees at a single program (73% response rate).  Each candidate had undergone two traditional interviews and a 4-station Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) during their interview day.  Only 10% overall had previously experienced the MMI, … Continue reading

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Residents & Faculty Share Some Perceptions Of The Problem Of Limited Resident Autonomy

   Researchers asked faculty and residents in one pediatrics residency to respond to a survey with open-ended comments (response rates 70%+) yielding a quantitative and qualitative look at this important topic.  “Both groups agreed that faculty provided too much direction … Continue reading

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Teaching Patient Safety

 A three-day patient safety course was added to the curriculum of third year-students just prior to their clinical clerkships.  The course content included items such as causes of errors and quality improvement; teamwork and error-reporting; self-regulation and clerkship ethics; and … Continue reading

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Possible Unintended Negative Consequences Of Quality Improvement (QI) Goals

   This is an interesting qualitative “ethnographic” observational study of intraprofessional relationships between ER and general internal medicine (GIM) physicians in a major Canadian hospital, supplemented by ad hoc and scheduled interviews with faculty, residents, and nurses.  An institutional mandate … Continue reading

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