Monthly Archives: July 2015

Facilitating Direct Observation of Medical Trainees: Enter the Minicard

   Most medical educators are familiar with the mini-CEX, developed by the ABIM and used extensively across US medical schools to facilitate direct observation and feedback of residents and medical students, particularly in internal medicine. In this study by Donato … Continue reading

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The Fourth Year of US Medical Schools: Curricular Content and Student Perceived Value

  Two articles in this month’s issue of Academic Medicine address the 4th (the final) year of US medical schools: a study by Elnicki et al describing course offerings by 136 US medical schools, and a study by Benson et al … Continue reading

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e-Modules Increase Practical Skills Preparation

   This study compares two different teaching modalities for pre-clerkship practical skills training sessions.  In UMC Utrecht Faculty of Medicine, students performed a total of 16 physical examination training sessions over two academic years (2011-12 and 2012-13).  Each of these … Continue reading

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Length Of Knowledge Retention. Does TBL Help?

   The benefits to learning outcomes of active learning have been well-documented in educational literature.  However, all of the data thus far has looked at only short-termed retention of material.  This study looks at both the long- and short-termed acquisition … Continue reading

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