Category Archives: Undergraduate Medical Education

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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Be Wary Even Of Validated Surveys

Surveys: This is required reading for faculty planning to engage in survey research or to use a published survey.  The authors analyzed publications in three major health education journals which described 37 separate self-administered surveys.  The vast majority (94.6%) of … Continue reading

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Financially Disadvantaged Students May Be Further Disadvantaged For Medical School Admission By Multiple Mini-Interviews (MMIs)

Admissions: Five California public medical schools collaborated in this observational comparison of medical school admissions interview structure.  Three of the schools utilized traditional interviews (TIs) of about 30 minutes each and two utilized MMIs.  For both types of interviews, older age … Continue reading

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The Feedback On Feedback Isn’t So Encouraging 

Feedback: In follow-up to an earlier scoping review on feedback, concluding that we have mostly poor-quality data on the subject, the authors focused on 51 articles describing “the substance and setting of the feedback given” to health sciences learners, mostly medical … Continue reading

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Using EPA’s For Competency-Based Assessment Of Medical Students In The Internal Medicine (IM) Clerkship

Assessment: Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) Task Force proposes a model for competency-based assessment in IM clerkships, informed by results of a survey of clerkship directors who were asked to identify high priority EPA’s (entrustable professional … Continue reading

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Does Self-Regulated Test-Prep Work To Improve USMLE Step 1 Scores?   

USMLE: Probably, and it is likely most helpful for the students with lower-than-median MCAT scores, according to this non-randomized intervention for pre-clinical medical students.  All students in one class were provided free access to a commercial NBME-style question bank and their … Continue reading

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