Category Archives: Graduate Medical Education

Do The Licensing Examinations (USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge) Measure Something Meaningful?

USMLE: Probably, according to this study of more than 160,000 practicing physicians who graduated from US MD-granting schools between 1994 and 2006.  The authors looked for correlations between a physician’s examination scores and their likelihood of receiving disciplinary action from a state … Continue reading

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Residency Program Directors Like The Idea Of “Flipped Classroom” Active Learning, But Don’t Use It Very Often

Flipped Classroom: Only 56% of internal medicine program directors responded to survey questions regarding attitudes towards and use of “flipped classroom” techniques in their program, but their responses are likely somewhat representative.  Overall attitudes were positive, averaging about 4 on … Continue reading

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How Residents Die

Risk: In this survey of deaths of residents from all ACGME programs, malignancy and suicide were the most common causes of death.  Hearteningly, death rates from all causes and from suicide were substantially lower in residents than in the general population.  This is in distinction … Continue reading

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Are Written Words A Reliable Way To Assess Residents?

Assessment: It looks like it.  In this insightful study, Canadian researchers sent collections of comments from evaluators of two cohorts of nearly 50 interns in one internal medicine program to faculty in several other programs.  Each faculty person was asked … Continue reading

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When The Monday Before Match Day Is Not A Happy Day

Match: No research, and only a smattering of data, but this article is required reading for faculty counseling graduating MD students from the US with difficulty matching into residency.  A sizable percentage (6.2%) of US seniors did not gain a position during the 2016 primary Match; nearly half … Continue reading

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Don’t Know Much About….Feedback

Feedback: This scoping review which describes what has been published in English regarding feedback to healthcare learners will be of interest mostly to researchers and those looking for a comprehensive view of the field.  The bulk of publications were from English-speaking countries … Continue reading

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Can Residents Be Taught To Teach? 

Resident As Teacher: The authors describe a one-day “residents as teachers” modified team-based learning curriculum utilized for second-year pediatrics residents.  Residents were given time to do brief pre-readings on pertinent topics:  adult learning theory, feedback, skill-teaching, and learner orientation.  The … Continue reading

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