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Medical Education Research Round-Up

Do Professionalism Lapses in Medical School Predict Problems in Residency and Clinical Practice? Krupat E (et al) N: 108 (medical school graduates) Method: review of records Multi-site: Yes Location: Harvard Medical School; Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Conclusion: … Continue reading

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FDA gets behind digital health. https://t.co/suDkC6cQGxWill this be reflected in the medical school curriculum? #meded Telehealth gets easier, but are current med students being trained for this? #mededhttps://t.co/XQMuTrkb9y Online Learning: AMA offers tips for medical students learning online https://t.co/gBaiumLIS2Is online … Continue reading

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A message about Covid-19 

In response to the coronavirus (Covid-19),  we are keeping our readers informed by posting timely articles, news and information on our Twitter feed @DRMERL.    On the DR MERL blog, we have added a new type of post:  commentaries on medical education research.  … Continue reading

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How Can Residents Learn To Think On Their Own? Qualitative Studies Of Cognitive Autonomy In Residents

Autonomy: Everyone agrees that resident autonomy is important but, in contrast to resident procedural autonomy, there are no validated measures of resident cognitive autonomy. Two recent qualitative studies shed some light on the issue. Crockett et al conducted focus groups … Continue reading

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Mistreatment And Distress Among Residents

Mistreatment: This survey study is required reading for residency program directors.  The authors utilized the US in-training examination to survey 7409 surgical residents (>99% of those eligible) regarding various types of mistreatment, burnout, and suicidal thoughts.  The most common types of … Continue reading

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Malpractice and the Trainee Physician

Malpractice — In this interesting case-control study of closed malpractice claims, investigators evaluated five years of data from 32 teaching hospitals.  Cases (n = 581) were claims made regarding a harm event in which a resident or fellow was directly … Continue reading

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Do Professionalism Lapses In Medical School Predict The Future? 

Professionalism — Probably to some extent, according to the 20+ year case-control study of graduated medical students from Harvard and Case Western medical schools.  Case were 108 students appearing before a review board for professionalism concerns; these were compared to … Continue reading

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Internal Medicine Residency Program Directors Respond To Application Inflation

Application Inflation: Housetaff recruitment is an area of critical focus at every training program. At an estimated cost of $14,162 per filled position, managing recent trends in a growing applicant pool poses an added challenge. In this survey based study … Continue reading

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US Medical Education By The Numbers (LCME and ACGME Divisions)

Medical Education: JAMA again presents a deep dive into the numbers and characteristics of learners in MD-granting US medical schools and in US residency programs accredited by the ACGME, which is now encompassing most of the programs previously accredited by … Continue reading

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Mid-Level MCAT Scorers Increase Diversity in Medical Schools

Diversity: Medical schools seeking greater diversity in their classes may want to look at data from the 2017 medical school applicants who scored in the middle third of the MCAT range.   Compared to students who scored in the upper-third … Continue reading

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