Category Archives: Undergraduate Medical Education

US News And World Report Rankings Remain Deeply Flawed And Far Too Influential 

Rankings: In this thoughtful commentary, the author describes the US News and World Report formula used to rank medical schools and quotes dean Robert Alpen of Yale that “there’s nothing really in (the) formula that is really evaluating the quality … Continue reading

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Don’t Know Much About Entrustable Professional Activities Or Learner Handovers For Medical Students

Enstrustable Professional Activities & Learner Handovers: Two scoping reviews reinforce our overall lack of knowledge about how to employ EPAs and learner handovers, the feeding forward of prior learner performance.  The reviewers of articles on EPAs found only 26 empirical … Continue reading

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Multi-Institution Curriculum Collaboration

Collaboration: In the United States undergraduate medical education has been focusing on defining the competencies and goals of the curriculum, almost to the exclusion of deciding what content should be taught. Each institution, therefore, must reinvent the wheel in determining … Continue reading

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Beware The Predatory Medical Journal!

Publishing: Anyone wishing to publish in open access medical journals should read this article first. The authors offer a comprehensive “red flag” checklist of bad practices to help avoid falling prey to illegitimate journals.   Things to look out for: Is … Continue reading

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Maybe You Shouldn’t Be A Doctor

Perspective: This thoughtful perspective is required reading for all educators who deal with struggling learners.  They cite troubling evidence that a vast majority of educators think that many institutions “had graduated students who should not have graduated,” and they speculate on the … Continue reading

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How The Experts Visualize Professionalism Remediation

Professionalism: In this qualitative study, the authors interviewed experienced educators about their professionalism remediation processes.  These experts visualized a 3-stage process, with all 3 stages not being necessary in every case.  During the first phase, “explore and understand”, the main … Continue reading

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Is Going To Medical School Depressing?

Depression: Yes, for many of us.  Researchers surveyed more than 3,000 medical students in year 1 and year 4 with surveys including validated scales for depression, stress, coping methods, and social support.  Predictors of depression in year 4 were found via multivariate … Continue reading

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