Category Archives: Undergraduate Medical Education

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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How Long Should That Clerkship Be?

Clerkship: It looks like we have no idea.  Researchers looked at a “natural experiment” in clerkship length during a curriculum change at the University of Michigan Medical School.  During this transition, all clerkship lengths were decreased by 25%.  For example … Continue reading

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Can Doctors Be Taught To Deliver Bad News?

Communication: Yes, is the short answer given in this meta-analysis of 17 studies evaluating interventions to “improve the communication of bad or difficult news”.  Most interventions were fairly brief stand-alone interventions involving simulation or role-play; the SPIKES model was the … Continue reading

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Hooray For The New CMS Rules On Student Notes!

Electronic Medical Records: This is not a study, but definitely required reading for anyone in the US who deals with medical students or electronic medical records.  The prior US billing regulations “inadvertently hampered medical education and increased the administrative and regulatory burden … Continue reading

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